The US tax administration announced Thursday that it has requested an independent probe into a rare audit involving two staunch enemies of Donald Trump.
FBI Director James Comey until Trump fired him in 2017 and Andrew McCabe, James Comey’s deputy and his interim replacement, both had their tax returns thoroughly audited while the billionaire Republican was in the White House. .
Only a few thousand Americans are required to pass this audit each year and are selected completely at random. Questions are being raised about how the two men, enemies of the former president, were selected because of their role in the Russia investigation.
“Perhaps it is a coincidence, or someone has defrauded the taxpayer to go after a political enemy. Depending on the role Trump wants to pursue in our country, that question needs to be answered,” Comey told the New York Times, the first outlet to disclose the audit.
US tax authorities confirmed in a press release that its chief had requested an audit to shed light on the affair.
Donald Trump abruptly fired James Comey in 2017 while investigating foreign interference in the 2016 election that was suspected to have contributed to the former businessman’s surprise victory.