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A Whistle-blower Within the IRS Said A Trump Appointee Attempted to Interfere With Trump/Pence Audits

Since the day he originally announced he was running for President, there has been talk about Donald Trump’s tax returns. Typically, all candidates for President release some of their tax info and Trump promised to do so too.

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Trump, though, has ferociously battled any attempts to get a look at his tax filings. According to a new report from the Washington Post, an IRS whistle-blower said an employee appointed by Trump attempted to interfere with either the President or the Vice President’s audits.

The articles authors Erica Werner and Jeff Stein wrote, “The whistleblower, a career IRS employee, has alleged that at least one political appointee at the Treasury Department may have tried interfering with the audit of President Trump or Vice President Pence.”

The comments were delivered to staffers of senators Ron Wyden (D) and Chuck Grassley (R).

Steve Rosenthal from the Brookings Institute explained, “It seems Wyden and Grassley are doing their due diligence. The tax writing committees ought to find out about this. The next step would be, depending on what happened, pursuing the next step to corroborate what the whistleblower said.”

The Post piece also notes, “Democratic lawmakers have stressed the importance of thoroughly investigating the complaint, while Trump administration officials have downplayed its seriousness and said it is based on hearsay.”