Trump is known around the world for his myriad of potential crimes. Trump has often acknowledged his own failures by projecting them onto others.
So while he’s so close to being brought down on fraud charges brought up by the FBI and IRS probably won’t shock anyone, it’s a sweet moment of poetic justice for his target under the IRS .
James found evidence of federal bank fraud by the Trump family and turned it over to federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York and the IRS. pic.twitter.com/Fb5SPyCzKD
— Sarah Rees-Jones (@PoliticusSarah) September 21, 2022
Trump appears to have used the IRS as another weapon against his critics in an attempt to silence them. Under Trump, James Comey and Andrew McCabe have both been targeted in “undead autopsies” and “random” IRS audits.
looks bad Trump-appointed IRS chief must submit Comey and McCabe audit decisions to inspector general for review Media inquiries followed by The New York Times.
The site was also the target of intrusive audits under Trump, not once but twice. The first audit went on for years and they found nothing but kept fishing and asking for random files from years ago. When it finally closed, just a few weeks later, another IRS office conducted a new audit of the same returns. (The second audit was eventually closed after objecting to them wanting to review documents they had already reviewed.) We asked multiple times what prompted the audit and were told everything from “it was random” to “they wanted to” find out Various answers to “How Digital Media Companies Work” to “Spending at the 2016 DNC Media Tent.” (They cite the 2016 Democratic National Convention as a fairly obvious sign that hate may be at work.)
The fact that this very rare random audit is initiated when there are no red flags to prompt it, followed by an immediate new audit of the same returns, takes the “random” part of random auditing to a new level. incredible.
“Among tax lawyers, the most invasive random audit conducted by the IRS is called a ‘autopsy without benefit of death,’ only partly jokingly,” New York Times report.
“The odds of being selected for an audit in any given year are slim—for example, of the nearly 153 million individual returns filed in 2017, the IRS is targeting about 5,000, or about 30,600 a portion.”
I’m not a tax expert and I don’t know if the two audits we had were the same as Comey and McCabe, but I do know the first audit lasted for years, disrupted our business, spent a lot of money raising money for a small business, and was in We took a lot of resources from us when we were in trouble with other problems created by the former president.
One of the goals of authoritarians is to use the levers of power at their disposal to bankrupt non-compliant media. Because of the backlash, the first signs of a dictatorship can be found in media coverage and self-censorship by the media and critics.
Fascists must have their own media, American conservatives learned in CPAC, provided by Hungary, which is no longer democratic. In order for a dictator to stay in power, this has to happen because people have to be fooled into thinking that the leader is strong and capable, and they have to believe that he is capable of bringing about a great economy, good jobs and a good time for his people. The foam tulle needed to sell a dictator cannot afford a thriving, independent, free media.
While there is no evidence that Trump ordered any of these audits, he created an atmosphere that lets subordinates know that he wants critics punished, and often does so proactively, even if it violates norms, ethics and the law.
Trump is accountable for his lawless way of governing and for the criminals and individuals/families around him who see the White House as another source of power for further actions that look and operate a lot like organized crime . Trump’s message through his choices, his own actions, those around him, his own words and actions is clear: Catch critics, punish opponents, threaten witnesses.
In fact, Trump has gone to great lengths to legitimize any political news, commentary, analysis and personalities that do not fit his propaganda agenda. His administration has targeted White House reporters in the wrong way, labeling them unreliable narrators, while he himself has openly fought the larger media in what could be a lucrative financial game for both parties.
The weak man couldn’t handle the scrutiny of the Office of the President and often projected his failures so much onto others that it became a joke, no matter how he blamed others he did it ten times. ‘Crooked Hillary’ just warms us up – Trump slams Mitt Romney for failing to release his tax returns and attacks Hillary Clinton for handling classified information. Projection projection projection, what story do you tell.
So we’re here to tell the inevitable IRS story. Trump thinks everyone else is as criminal as he is. He was wrong.
So while many of us have been targeted by the IRS under Trump and his IRS officials, Trump is the one who is really at risk because he is often the one who makes him based on valuation Whoever changes the valuation for the benefit, he will have to be accountable to the Fed and the IRS for this. Trump’s approach was thoughtful and systematic, according to more than 200 pages of documents filed by AG Letitia James. It’s a little easier to believe this, because not only did Michael Cohen tell us a few years ago, but anyone who understands how a certain brand works would know to suspect a file mismatch.
It would be poetic justice if Trump audited his tax returns, which he had hidden for years, by falsely blaming an ongoing audit for his refusal to do so.
Schadenfreude, how do you make fun of a country.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/editor-in-chief of PolitcusUSA and a member of the White House press.
Sarah hosts political news and co-hosts political radio. Her analysis has been published on multiple national radio, TV news and talk shows, and print media, including America’s collaboration with David Schuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN, MSNBC, The Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, etc.
Sarah is a member of the Professional Journalists Association.