Former FBI Director James Comey and his deputy Andrew McCabe were the subject of intensive IRS audits in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
The IRS audit program affected about one in 30,600 personal tax returns in 2017 and one in 19,250 in 2019.
Both men were removed from office following a series of public attacks by the former president.
Former FBI Director James Comey and his deputy Andrew McCabe — both enemies of former President Donald Trump — were subjected to rare random audits by the IRS during Trump’s presidency, The New York Times reported.
In 2017, the IRS selected about 5,000 people who would undergo the intensive audit out of 153 million taxpayers who filed returns that year, according to the Times report, which equates to one in 30,600.
Among those subject to the random audit was Comey, who was abruptly fired as FBI director in May 2017 by Trump following the bureau’s investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia.
Two years later, McCabe, who served as Comey’s deputy before being named acting FBI director after his firing, underwent the same type of audit by the IRS. McCabe was among 8,000 statements submitted for verification out of the 154 million individual statements filed that year, or about one in 19,250.
McCabe was removed from office a day before retiring following a series of public attacks by the former president, who accused him of corruption.
According to notices sent by the IRS and obtained by The Times, Comey was notified in 2019 that his 2017 return, which was filed jointly with his wife, would be audited, and McCabe was notified in 2021 for his 2019 return. , also filed jointly with her spouse.
“The results of this review and other compliance research reviews will enhance our efforts to help taxpayers understand and comply with tax laws,” the letters state. “It will also reduce unnecessary and costly examinations and reduce the burden on taxpayers.”
Given the low odds of being selected for the invasive audit, it seems like an extraordinary case that two former FBI directors, both opponents of the incumbent president at the time, would be subjected to the random program.
“Lightning strikes, and it’s unusual, and that’s what it’s like to be chosen for one of these audits,” said John Koskinen, who served as IRS commissioner from 2013 to 2017, at The Times.
“The question is: does lightning strike again in the same area? Does that happen?” Koskinen continued. “Some people may see this in their lifetime, but most won’t – so you don’t have to be an anti-Trumper to look at this and think it’s suspicious.”
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