Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi has an employee with a lot of problems. He’s got a conviction for tax evasion, and faces other charges as well. For some reason, he still has an incredibly well paying job.
The Daily Caller reports:
Democrat Didn’t Fire Top Staffer–Who Earned $170k–For Tax Evasion Conviction
The chief of staff to Rep. Bennie Thompson spends his days in the halls of Congress and his weekends in jail for tax evasion, after the Mississippi Democrat violated his pledge to fire his wealthy chief if the aide was found guilty of stiffing the treasury of $150,000.
Issac Lanier Avant made $170,000 a year in Congressional pay, yet the court found he didn’t pay any tax returns for seven years. Prosecutors said he was dishonest throughout their investigation, and when he did file tax returns, he lied about donating $50,000 to a religious group and tried to take a “bizarre” tax write-off for rollerblading. Prosecutors asked for a one-year prison term, but Avant was sentenced in January 2017 to a month-long stint in jail followed by a year of weekends in jail.
Between 2008 and 2012, Avant didn’t have any federal income taxes withheld from his pay after, a U.S. Department of Justice release reads, “he caused a form to be filed with his employer that falsely claimed he was exempt from federal income taxes.”
Eight months into his weekends in jail, a grand jury indicted him on new charges: Claiming he paid his taxes in order to get a top secret clearance when he was the top Democratic staffer on the Committee on Homeland Security. Thompson hasn’t fired him because of that indictment, either.
Will the mainstream media even cover this? Would they if he was a Republican?