The other whistleblower complaint
The Washington Post
Another whistleblower may have information on President Trump that could be a real “game changer,” said Catherine Rampell. An Internal Revenue Service official has told the House Ways and Means Committee “that someone has been secretly meddling” with the agency’s audit of Trump’s tax returns. Trump, of course, refused to release his returns voluntarily, defying half a century of political norms, and has frantically fought every attempt by federal and state officials to obtain them. Under the law, Congress has the “unambiguous authority” to demand any tax return from the Treasury Department. In response to White House stonewalling, House Democrats provided an additional legal rationale, saying they needed to see Trump’s tax returns to ensure the agency was correctly conducting its annual audit of the president, which has been required since Watergate. Their concerns were prescient. This new whistleblower complaint, says House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), contains credible allegations of “inappropriate efforts to influence” Trump’s audit. That’s a rock-solid rationale that a federal judge overseeing the case will find difficult to reject. Americans have every right to know whether the president is committing tax fraud, profiting from the presidency, or hiding some other dark secret.