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Weekend Reads Another whistleblower has apparently come forward alleging that 'inappropriate' steps were taking to influence an audit of Trump's taxes

14:05  02 october  2019
14:05  02 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Whistleblower complaint says White House officials acted to 'lock down' record of Trump-Ukraine call

  Whistleblower complaint says White House officials acted to 'lock down' record of Trump-Ukraine call Whistleblower complaint says White House officials acted to 'lock down' record of Trump-Ukraine callThe whistleblower, whose name has not been released, says he or she lodged the formal complaint because they believed that Trump was "using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country" in the 2020 election. In the call, Trump discussed having Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy help investigate the Biden family's business dealings.

Neal said the committee is looking to interview a whistleblower who alleges " inappropriate attempts to influence " a tax audit of President Trump . The congressman was also asked if the quest for Trump ' s taxes might intersect with the impeachment inquiry.

This whistleblower alleges a whole different category of impropriety: that someone has been secretly meddling with the Internal Revenue Service’s audit of the president. Not that you’d know it from the administration’s stonewalling, but Congress actually has unambiguous authority to get Trump ’ s returns.

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  • Another whistleblower complaint has been lodged, this time alleging that there were "inappropriate efforts to influence" the mandatory audit of the Trump and Vice President Mike Pence's tax returns by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
  • In an August 8 letter, written by House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Neal says that his committee received "credible allegations of 'evidence of possible misconduct'" from a federal employee in July.
  • Though the president is not required by law to release their tax returns, every president has voluntarily released their tax returns or a tax summary since 1974⁠ - except Trump.
  • Trump is also dealing with another whistleblower complaint, lodged in August, which sparked the House to launch a formal impeachment inquiry.
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Another whistleblower complaint was filed and alleges that "possible misconduct" occurred in an effort to influence the audit of President Donald Trump's taxes.

Pelosi, on handling of whistleblower complaint: 'This is a cover-up'

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for President Donald Trump say a whistleblower ’s claim that someone interfered with the Internal Revenue Service’s audit of Trump ’ s returns doesn’t bolster a federal employee had come forward with “evidence of possible misconduct” and “ inappropriate efforts to influence ” the president’s audit .

Richard Neal is reportedly sitting on a credible and “potentially explosive” whistleblower complaint alleging that President Donald Trump attempted to influence an IRS audit of his tax returns. Neal, a Democrat from Massachusetts, has refused to discuss the tax whistleblower ’ s claims in public

House Ways and Means chairman Richard Neal, the House committee which has jurisdiction over taxes, tariffs, and other social assistance programs, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin saying that a "Federal employee" submitted an "unsolicited communication" on July 29, 2019, which alleged that there were "'inappropriate efforts to influence'" the mandatory Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audit of Trump's and Vice President Mike Pence's tax returns.

In his August 8 letter, Neal argued that the allegations made by the whistleblower were "credible" and pointed to "evidence of possible misconduct."

"This is a grave charge that appreciably heightens the Committee's concerns about the absence of appropriate safeguards as part of the mandatory audit program and whether statutory codification of such program or other remedial, legislative measures are warranted," he wrote.

Trump demands to meet whistleblower, warns of 'big consequences'

  Trump demands to meet whistleblower, warns of 'big consequences' President Trump on Sunday evening called for the outing of a whistleblower and railed against other individuals, including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), at the center of a growing scandal involving his phone call with Ukraine's president, warning there could be "big consequences.""Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser, especially when this accuser, the so-called "Whistleblower," represented a perfect conversation with a foreign leader in a totally inaccurate and fraudulent way. Then Schiff made up what I actually said by lying to Congress," Trump said in a series of tweets.

The allegations , made by a federal employee, says there were “ inappropriate efforts to influence ” the audit process. If the complaint is made public, it could be a positive step in Neal’s effort to have 6 years of Trump ’ s tax returns released. On August 8, Neal sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven

A whistleblower (also written as whistle - blower or whistle blower ) is a person who exposes secretive information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical

Neal also stated that his committee had "raised these concerns repeatedly," though IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig had previously referred to the concerns as "unfounded." He said the whistleblower complaint "underscore[s] the pressing need for complete and meaningful oversight."

Though the president is not required by law to release their tax returns, every president has voluntarily released their tax returns or a tax summary since 1974⁠ - except Trump. The president's taxes are automatically audited by the IRS.

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In July, Neal sued Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to get a hold of six years of Trump's tax returns. Democrats claimed in the court filing that under Section 6103 of the US tax code, the Treasury "shall furnish" any document requested by the House Ways and Means Committee chair.

Intelligence community watchdog debunks whistleblower conspiracy pushed by Trump and other Republicans

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An anonymous federal employee is alleging that President Donald Trump has abused his However, because the whistleblower is concerned about the status of the IRS audit of the president, it seems likely that these "credible allegations " are directed towards Trump ' s tax returns since taking office.

These requests are framed as Trump asking for a “favor” and come shortly after Trump talks about how much aid the US is giving to Ukraine. The whistleblower also alleges that White House lawyers took steps to “lock down” records of Trump ’ s July 25 call with Zelensky by moving it to a

The Department of the Treasury did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It's unclear why Trump has not released his tax returns.

A New York Times investigation suggested that he may have engaged in tax schemes, including fraud, during the 1990s.

Trump is also dealing with another whistleblower complaint, lodged in August, which sparked the House to launch a formal impeachment inquiry. The complaint, which was declassified last week, centers around a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and alleged that Trump used his power for his own political gain.

The White House last week also released a memo about the call, which appeared to confirm that Trump pressed Zelensky to open an investigation into corruption allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Clinton responds to Trump urging her to run again: 'Don't tempt me' .
Hillary Clinton responded to President Trump's tweet Tuesday suggesting his 2016 Democratic rival should enter the 2020 White House race."Don't tempt me. Do your job," Clinton wrote in a tweet.Don't tempt me. Do your job.- Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 8, 2019The former secretary of State, who has run for president twice before, has weighed in on Trump recently while on a tour to promote her new book. "Don't tempt me. Do your job," Clinton wrote in a tweet.

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