Treasury Inspector General launches probe into how Treasury handled request for tax information

(CNN)The Treasury Department Inspector General said Friday that his office will look into how the department handled requests for tax information from the House Ways and Means Committee at the behest of Committee Chairman Richard Neal.

The chairman’s request to the inspector general comes following the revelation of a whistleblower in connection with the federal court case stemming from Neal’s denied requested for President Donald Trump’s tax information.

“Chairman Neal has asked Treasury OIG to inquire into the process by which the Department received, evaluated, and responded to the Committee’s request for federal tax information,” Rich Delmar, the acting Inspector General, said in a statement. “We are undertaking that inquiry.”

CNN reported Tuesday that the House Ways and Means Committee received information from a federal employee at the end of July alleging that there was “possible misconduct” and “inappropriate efforts to influence” the presidential audit program, according to a letter from Neal. The presidential tax audit program, conducted by the IRS, automatically audits every president’s taxes.

In a Monday letter to the Treasury acting inspector general obtained by CNN, Neal asked for an investigation into whether the Internal Revenue Service “is enforcing the law in a fair and impartial manner and no one is endeavoring to intimidate or impede government officials and employees carrying out their duties.”

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