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IRS Whistleblower: Treasury Official Tried to Interfere with Trump or Pence Tax Audit

HeadlineOct 04, 2019

The Washington Post reports an Internal Revenue Service employee filed a whistleblower complaint reporting that a Treasury Department political appointee tried to improperly interfere with the tax audits for President Trump or Vice President Mike Pence. The complaint comes as Trump continues to resist lawmakers’ efforts to force him to turn over tax records as part of a congressional investigation into whether the president violated the Constitution’s anti-corruption provisions, known as the emoluments clauses. Meanwhile, House investigators are looking into reports that a trade association and a foreign government booked a large number of rooms at President Trump’s hotels but used only a fraction of them. Congressmember Gerry Connolly, who sits on the House Oversight Committee, told Politico, “It’s an obvious attempt to curry favor with [President Trump],” adding, “Now we’re looking at near raw bribery.”

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