Watchdog Asked to Investigate IRS Audits of McCabe, Comey

    Photo: The New York Times

    The Facts

    • The IRS announced on Thurs. that a Treasury Dept. watchdog has been asked to investigate decisions by the IRS to subject former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, along with their spouses, to rigorous financial audits.

    • The agency came under scrutiny following a NYT report on Wed. that detailed the audits of the two men.

    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    This is a serious abuse of executive power and possibly a federal crime. The Trump admin. was notorious for targeting perceived enemies, but it thoroughly crossed the line here. There must be detailed investigations into these audits.

    Republican narrative

    Though it is easy to jump to conclusions, a proper investigation must be undertaken to determine if any wrongdoing occurred. It is possible that these audits were politically motivated, but there are correct procedures for dealing with such accusations, and they must be followed.

    Narrative C

    This isn't the first time that a presidential administration has been accused of weaponizing the IRS. And regardless of whether or not it turns out that Trump singled out Comey and McCabe, this scandal should help awaken Biden to the need to reform and better support that vital but unpopular office.

    Political split



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