President Donald Trump believes the Church of Scientology should have its tax exemption revoked
In an unsolicited Twitter message,
Lynne Patton, who has worked for the Trump family since 2009, told actress Leah Remini in May of Trump’s position on the Church and said she would interface with the IRS directly to seek more information in an effort to initiate revocation, reports the Huffington Post.
According to the HuffPo, Remini is a former longtime member of the Church of Scientology. Since she left the church in 2013, she has dedicated most of her time to exposing abuses she and other members have faced. In 2016, A&E aired a docu-series about the church that Remini starred in and produced, called “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”
In response to a Remini message, Patton tweeted directly to her:
From The moment I saw your series I told President Trump & his family we needed to revoke their tax exempt status. They couldn’t agree more, but please don’t publicize that yet. I want to do more due diligence on what the IRS has attempted in the past (or maybe you can enlighten me), then I’ll identify who we need to connect with again.On the same day, Patton wrote Remini another message and said:
This is going to get done in the next 4 years or I’ll die trying. Knock on wood!Patton is currently a top official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
I know little about the Church of Scientology and have no plans to join the group, movement, whatever. But I am in favor of more groups getting tax deductions not fewer.
If the Church's tax exemption is revoked it will be one more step by the Trump administration away from liberty.