Both Jim Comey and Andrew McCabe Subjected to Rare and Random IRS Audit

TFG became furious with Jim Comey, the former Director of the FBI, after Mr. Comey wouldn’t pledge his loyalty to Derp Leader so, TFG fired him. He then accused Mr. Comey of treason and even publicly called for prosecuting the former FBI Director and complaining about the money Mr. Comey received for a book deal after TFG fired him.

Andrew McCabe became acting director of the FBI after TFG fired Comey but, TFG saw McCabe as a perceived enemy as well so, he also fired McCabe. TFG’s Justice Department’s watchdog accused McCabe of misleading internal F.B.I. investigators.

In 2019, both men received letters from the IRS telling them that their 2017 tax returns were being audited.

According to The New York Times:

Among tax lawyers, the most invasive type of random audit carried out by the I.R.S. is known, only partly jokingly, as “an autopsy without the benefit of death.”

The odds of being selected for that audit in any given year are tiny — out of nearly 153 million individual returns filed for 2017, for example, the I.R.S. targeted about 5,000, or roughly one out of 30,600.

The Times noted the IRS also audited both Comey and McCabe’s spouses since they filed joint returns. “Mr. Comey provided The Times with a privacy release allowing the I.R.S. to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request about his case. Neither man knew that the other had been audited until they were told by a reporter for The Times.

The minuscule chances of the two highest-ranking F.B.I. 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 presents extraordinary questions.”

The Times reached out to TFG and asked if he had any knowledge about the coincidental audits. Through a spokesperson, of course TFG denied any knowledge or wrongdoing and “went on to point to reports from the Justice Department’s inspector general that were critical of Mr. Comey and Mr. McCabe.”

After one year of enduring this rare and random audit, Mr. Comey revealed he and his wife overpaid on their taxes and they received a refund of $347 for the 2017 filing year.

“I don’t know whether anything improper happened, but after learning how unusual this audit was and how badly Trump wanted to hurt me during that time, it made sense to try to figure it out,” Mr. Comey said in a statement. “Maybe it’s a coincidence or maybe somebody misused the I.R.S. to get at a political enemy. Given the role Trump wants to continue to play in our country, we should know the answer to that question.”

McCabe ended up owing a small, additional amount and has since paid it.

“The revenue agent I dealt with was professional and responsive,” Mr. McCabe said. “Nevertheless, I have significant questions about how or why I was selected for this.”

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