Andrew McCabe, left, James Comey.
Former FBI Director James Comey and Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe have been exposed to rare and harsh conditions. IRS audit According to letters from the IRS provided by both men, revenues for 2017 and 2019, respectively. New York Times..
According to The Times, Comey was informed about the audit in 2019 and McCabe learned in 2021.
McCabe grabbed the FBI’s reins in 2017 in the turbulent days after then-President Donald Trump suddenly fired Comey, and he himself was fired the following year. With the dismissal of Comey, special counsel Robert Mueller has been appointed to lead the government’s investigation into Russia’s intervention in the 2016 elections.
Trump relentlessly attacked both men in a Russian investigation and publicly sought to prosecute both.
According to a copy of the letter issued by the Times, “The federal income tax return for the above year was randomly selected for review of compliance investigations,” the IRS letter to both the man and his spouse said. I am saying. “In order to better understand tax compliance and improve tax fairness, we need to investigate randomly selected tax returns. We will provide an opportunity to explain any errors found during the investigation.”
According to the letter, Comey’s audit referred to 2017 returns, and McCabe’s audit referred to 2019 returns.
Generally, returns submitted within the last 3 years can be included in the audit, IRS website. state..
Comey didn’t immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment, but worked on the audit in a statement to the Times. “I don’t know if something wrong happened, but after knowing how rare this audit was and how badly Trump wanted to hurt me in the meantime, it makes sense to try to understand it. “He said. “It may be a coincidence, or someone may have abused the IRS to confront political enemies. Given the role Trump wants to continue playing in our country, we should know the answer to that question.”
Charles Rettig, Trump’s appointed man, has been leading the IRS since 2018.
Audits reportedly found that Comey and his wife overpaid in 2017. According to the Times, they subsequently received a $ 347 refund.
McCabe didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News, but his audit results showed that he and his wife were borrowing a small amount paid by the couple, he told the Times.
“The revenue agents I dealt with were professional and responsive,” McCabe said. “Still, I have an important question about how and why I chose this.”
For all tax returns filed during the 2011-2019 tax year, the IRS investigated 0.55 percent of the individual tax returns filed, officials said. Data book Published in September.
When asked to comment, an IRS spokesman quoted federal privacy law, which she said prevented authorities from discussing the situation of a particular taxpayer.
“Audits are processed by career civil servants, and the IRS has strong safeguards to protect the testing process and from politically motivated audits. IRS senior officials somehow audit national research programs. It’s ridiculous and untrue to suggest that it was targeted at a particular individual, “said spokeswoman Jody Reynolds wrote in an email to the NBC News. “We cannot comment on any particular situation. Whenever a alleged misconduct is filed regarding a tax issue, we will contact the Treasury Department of the Tax Administration to request further investigation.”
A Trump spokesman did not return the NBC News request for comment. According to The Times, a Trump spokeswoman said the former president “doesn’t know” about the audit.
Comey Sudden dismissal In 2017, while his agency was investigating whether those involved in Trump’s presidential campaign had a private relationship with Russia. After the shooting of Comey, McCabe became acting director, Just quit A few months after being eligible for full pension benefits.
Trump frequently accused two officials and blew them up and others for investigating election interference and judicial obstruction in the 2016 presidential election.Trump blamed both Comey and McCabe Rebellion He claimed that FBI and Justice Ministry officials had begun an investigation into Russia to politically hurt him.
Ministry of Internal Justice Watchdog report Later, Russian investigations turned out to result from evidence that Moscow was using cutouts to reach out to the Trump campaign as part of its efforts to influence the elections.