November 22, 2022 Editor

Trump Wanted I.R.S. Investigations of Foes, Top Aide Says

John F. Kelly, who was White House chief of staff, said that as president, Donald J. Trump wanted investigations into perceived enemies like James Comey, the former F.B.I. director.

Michael S. SchmidtMichael S. Schmidt

Nov. 13, 2022

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WN: Trump always looks bad, because he has a narcissistic ego that demonstrably almost never relents . . . This is a grand tragedy–for him! Christian faith on the other hand (and numerous other spiritualities), offers the grand privilege of sidestepping one’s grasping Ego 1 in favour of a True Self. This alone yields the only ultimate liberty worth embracing.


While in office, President Donald J. Trump repeatedly told John F. Kelly, his second White House chief of staff, that he wanted a number of his perceived political enemies to be investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Kelly said.

Mr. Kelly, who was chief of staff from July 2017 through the end of 2018, said in response to questions from The New York Times that Mr. Trump’s demands were part of a broader pattern of him trying to use the Justice Department and his authority as president against people who had been critical of him, including seeking to revoke the security clearances of former top intelligence officials.

Mr. Kelly said that among those Mr. Trump said “we ought to investigate” and “get the I.R.S. on” were the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey and his deputy, Andrew G. McCabe. His account of Mr. Trump’s desires to use the I.R.S. against his foes comes after the revelation by The Times this summer that Mr. Comey and Mr. McCabe had both been selected for a rare and highly intrusive audit by the tax agency in the years after Mr. Kelly left the White House.

Mr. Trump regularly made his demands in response to news reports in which he thought his perceived enemies made him look bad. The president would carry on about having them investigated to the point that Mr. Kelly thought he needed to tell the president that what he wanted was highly problematic, explaining, in sometimes heated conversations, that what Mr. Trump wanted was not just potentially illegal and immoral but also could blow back on him.

Mr. Trump would eventually let the idea go, Mr. Kelly said, but during subsequent outbursts about his enemies he would again bring up his desires to have them investigated.

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  1. Please see on this, Phillipians 2:5 – 11:

    The Mind of Christ
    (Isaiah 52:13–15)

    5Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus:
    6Who, existing in the form of God,
    did not consider equality with God
    something to be grasped,
    7but emptied Himself,
    taking the form of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
    8And being found in appearance as a man,
    He humbled Himself
    and became obedient to death—
    even death on a cross.
    9Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place
    and gave Him the name above all names,
    10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.[]


Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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