Report Suggests Tax Audits of Trump Foes Were Random, but Leaves Questions

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Those with higher tax rates are more likely to be selected, according to the report. It didn’t say which tax rate Mr. Comey would fall under, but if Mr. Comey had been classified as the highest tax rate, he would have had a 1 in 138 chance of being elected. If he was in the middle class, his chances of being picked were 1 in 4,828.

In 2019, the year McCabe was audited, the agency conducted nearly 4,000 taxpayer audits out of 154 million returns filed. If McCabe was in the highest tax bracket, he had a 1 in 202 chance, and if he was in the middle tier, he had a 1 in 4,410 chance.

During his tenure, Trump has spoken publicly and privately about how he wants to use federal powers, especially the Justice Department, to investigate Comey and McCabe. He pressured departmental officials to personally prosecute them, venting his anger when he failed to do what he wanted.

In an interview with The Times last month, Kelly said when he was White House chief of staff from mid-2017 to the end of 2018, Trump repeatedly said behind closed doors, “We should investigate.” . ‘ and ‘Start the IRS’ were Mr. Comey and Mr. McCabe.

Kelly said working for Trump helped keep him away from trying to use federal powers to punish political opponents.

After firing Comey in 2017, Trump continued to denounce Comey, furious at his lack of loyalty and pursuit of the Russia probe.Trump accuses him of treason, seeks indictment, publicly Mr. Comey complained about the money he received for the book.

McCabe was later fired Like Comey, he came to be viewed as an enemy by Trump after Trump Justice Department watchdogs accused him of misleading FBI internal agents. Trump attacked him, accused him of treason, and questioned his finances even after calling for his removal and prosecution. Trump lost the 2020 election and began trying to reverse the outcome.

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