Former FBI Director James Comey.
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- Former FBI director James Comey and his deputy Andrew McCabe faced intensive IRS audits in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
- The IRS audit program affected about one in 30,600 individual tax returns in 2017 and one in 19,250 in 2019.
- Both men were dismissed from the bureau following a string of public attacks from the former president.
Former FBI director James Comey and his deputy Andrew McCabe — both nemeses of former President Donald Trump — were subjected to rare, random IRS audits in Trump’s first year of his presidency, The New York Times reported.
In 2017, the IRS selected about 5,000 individuals who would undergo the intensive audit out of 153 million taxpayers who filed for returns that year, according to The Times report, equivalent to one out of 30,600.
Among those who were subject to the random audit was Comey, who was abruptly fired as FBI director in May 2017 by Trump over the bureau’s probe into Trump’s ties to Russia.
Two years later, McCabe, who served as deputy to Comey before being appointed acting FBI director after his firing, underwent the same type of audit by the IRS. McCabe was among the 8,000 returns subjected to the audit out of the 154 individual million returns filed that year — or about one in 19,250.
McCabe was dismissed a day before he was set to retire following a string of public attacks by the former president, who accused him of corruption.
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