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On Wednesday, The New York Times via Washington correspondent Michael Schmidt published a fairly weak article suggesting former President Trump had ordered the IRS to conduct audits of former FBI Director James Comey and deputy Andrew McCabe. Despite the blatant inconstancies and admitting there’s “no evidence,” the liberal media’s ‘it rings true’ barometer carried the day on Thursday’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC.
“So, what are the chances of two Trump foes getting audited by the IRS? Well, it's about one in 82 million according to a New York Times calculation,” Mitchell pompously announced as she came back from a commercial break.
Well, since, she brought it up. In his article, Schmidt hides the fact that McCabe’s audit didn’t begin until “October 2021, nine months after Mr. Trump left office.” It was a key fact he didn’t get around to mentioning until paragraph 44 (of 54). Comey’s happened in 2019.
The supposed connection was Trump-appointed commissioner, Charles Rettig, who still runs the agency and denies involvement. And something Schmidt fails to address in his article: if Trump is brazen enough to order an IRS audit after he left office, then why hasn’t he ordered them to drop the audit he’s been facing for years?