Two U.S. senators are reportedly moving forward on an investigation into charges, from a staffer at the IRS, that political appointees at the Treasury Department meddled into a planned annual audit of President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence.
The Washington Post reported Monday, citing anonymous sources, that Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the chairman and ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, will schedule follow-up interviews with the whistleblower’s allegations.
WaPo: 2 Senators Review IRS Whistleblower Complaint About Trump Tax Audit https://t.co/xphHoYNeA0— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) November 18, 2019
The unnamed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) staffer reportedly filed a complaint in July alleging that a Trump appointee at Treasury improperly attempted to interfere with a regular annual audit of the president’s and vice president’s taxes.
The allegation first surfaced in an August court filing by Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which is seeking access to Trump’s tax returns. Grassley criticized Neal at the time for not vetting the allegations completely before divulging details about them.
“Talking about the existence of a complaint before taking the time to speak with the whistleblower or follow up on the whistleblower’s complaint is irresponsible,” he said in a statement.
White House officials have dismissed the whistleblower’s complaint, saying the charges are politically motivated.