I’m sure John Travolta and Tom Cruise are sitting in the gilded steam room today wondering how much time they have left in their Scientology palace where the TVs feature reruns of King Of Queens of Kevin James being dubbed to say “Suppressive witch!” each time Leah Remini appears. That’s because an unlikely person could have emerged to snatch the tax exempt status from the “church.”
HuffPost says Donald Trump thinks the Church of Scientology should start paying the taxes he’s trying to lower from his rich blowhard friends. Lynne Patton, a longtime Trump aide and Department of Housing and Urban Development, reached out to Leah Remini via Twitter to say she was going to work with the IRS to take away David Miscavige’s ability to view April 15 as just any normal day of the year. But one tax expert said stripping away Scientology’s tax status is going to be about as easy as it has been for this administration to accomplish…well…anything:
“For the White House or any administration official to try and influence who the IRS targets, for whatever reason, is wrong and could result in a violation of the law. The IRS must make these decisions independently without any influence by the White House or administration officials.”
So maybe John should sit back and stop warming up his pipes to waltz out of the local Scientology Celebrity Center singing “Free at last!” Lynne, apparently one of the few people who supported that wackadoo cast change on Kevin Can Wait, seemed to be a major Leah fan. She wrote her in May. Leah gave HuffPo copies of Lynn’s messages:
“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.”
Later in the day, Lynne added more and closed with the same action I do anytime I get a letter from the IRS:
“This is going to get done in the next 4 years or I’ll die trying. Knock on wood!”
The whole story is long, but basically Lynne implied she wants to help Leah to take down Scientology. Lynne also mentioned that it takes miles and miles of bureaucratic tape to pluck the tax exempt eyeball away from a church – especially Scientology. The church was tax exempt from 1957 until 1967. Scientology then went after the IRS with lawsuits and tons of personal info on individual agents, so the tax peeps gave them tax exempt status again.
The story ends on a cliffhanger, saying Lynne may have made friends with high-ranking Scientologists. While there is nothing better than the thought of what John’s natural hairline will look like after five years sans tax exempt hair plug treatments, it sounds like the Donald may have been won over by David Miscavige just promising to share a planet with him. And the name of whoever did his most recent face lift and veneers.