News of the intelligence community whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump rocked Washington this week, but there is a second whistleblower complaint that has received far less attention.
Unlike House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal (D-Mass.) has kept the second whistleblower away from media attention, choosing instead to use the complaint to bolster his lawsuit against the Trump administration in pursuit of Trump’s tax returns.
Last month in a brief filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Ways and Means Committee said a “federal employee” had come forward with “evidence of possible misconduct” and “inappropriate efforts” to influence the president’s IRS audit, HuffPost reported.
Though the brief included no further information about the whistleblower, Democrats offered to provide more details in private to U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden. So far, the judge has not taken them up on the offer.
But more information could be forthcoming, as the tax return issue could become part of Democrats’ impeachment proceedings.
Trump has continuously refused to release his tax returns, breaking with the tradition of all presidents since Richard Nixon.