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Comey Suggests Trump 'Misused' IRS to Audit He and McCabe

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As Americans, we have a healthy and natural distrust of our government.  This is nothing to be ashamed of, truly, as it is a part of our country’s founding DNA.  We would have never created the freest nation in the world had we not wanted to better understand what it was that the British monarchy was doing to us.

In modern day politics, our focus is not often turned to big picture items, (like taxing tea, for instance), but rather the interpersonal power struggles on Capitol Hill.  We like the minutiae…the nuance. This why we love television shows like House of Cards and The West Wing.

This week, former FBI Director James Comey appeared to suggest that he may have been a part of a wild, made-for-TV revenge plot…and he’s catching flak from the former President over it.

Former FBI director James Comey and his deputy Andrew McCabe were both selected to undergo rare, intensive audits, which take months to complete and cost thousands of dollars in accountant fees, by the IRS under the leadership of Trump appointee Charles Rettig, which “presents extraordinary questions,” reports the New York Times. Basically, the “chances of the two highest-ranking FBI officials—who made some of the most politically consequential law enforcement decisions in a generation—being randomly subjected to a detailed scrub of their tax returns a few years after leaving their posts” are “miniscule.” In 2017, the chance of being selected for the audit was one in 30,600.

Comey was informed in 2019 that his 2017 return was selected. Trump had fired Comey in 2017 and afterward raged about his lack of loyalty and pursuit of the Russia investigation, calling for his prosecution. Unbeknownst to Comey, McCabe was informed in 2021 that his 2019 return would undergo the same audit, though the chance of being selected in that filing year was about one in 19,250, per the Times. McCabe, who became acting FBI director after Comey’s exit and launched an investigation of Trump, was similarly assailed by the former president, who “accused him of treason and raised questions about his finances long after pushing for his dismissal and prosecution,” the Times reports.

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His assertion was plain to see:

“You don’t need to be an anti-Trumper to look at this and think it’s suspicious,” says John Koskinen, IRS commissioner from 2013 to 2017. In the end, Comey and his wife, forced to pay $5,000 in accountant fees, were found to have overpaid $347 to the federal government. “Maybe it’s a coincidence or maybe somebody misused the IRS to get at a political enemy,” Comey says, adding the question needs to be answered given “how badly Trump wanted to hurt me” and “the role Trump wants to continue to play in our country.” McCabe and his wife were found to owe a small amount of money. “It just defies logic to think that there wasn’t some other factor involved,” he tells CNN.

Comey’s imaginative suggestion was dismissed outright, however, both by Rettig and by the Trump White House team, who denied any such collusion took place.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.




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