IRS asks inspector general to review Comey and McCabe audits

Prominent House Ways and Means Committee member Kevin Brady, a Republican from Texas, said he supports the investigation into all allegations of political targeting at the IRS, then sought to tie the issue to criticism that Republicans had directed to the tax agency under Democratic administrations. .

“As we have learned from the repeated targeting of conservative groups and the dangerous leaks of private tax returns during the Obama and Biden administrations, the IRS should never be used as a weapon against political opponents,” Mr. Brady.

A longtime critic of Mr. Rettig, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., Democrat of New Jersey, who previously called on Mr. Rettig to step down over unrelated issues, reiterated that demand Thursday.

“The IRS under Donald Trump’s handpicked commissioner, Charles Rettig, has been one disaster after another,” said Pascrell, who is chairman of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee. “The audit of two law enforcement officials at Trump’s request is a titanic scandal. »

Mr. Pascrell added: “If Mr. Rettig cared about this agency, he would resign today. And if he doesn’t, Mr. Rettig should be impeached.

Chris Cameron and Michael D. Shear contributed report.

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