Tracking Corruption and Conflicts of Interest in the Trump Administration–August 2020 Update

Back in May 2017, this blog started the project of tracking and cataloguing credible allegations that President Trump, and his family members and close associates, have been corruptly, and possibly illegally, leveraging the power of the presidency to enrich themselves. The newest update is now available here. As has been true for the past couple of months, most of the newest items relate to the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including further evidence that federal bailout money has flowed to businesses owned or closely connected to President Trump’s family and cronies, and White House pressure to include in the next coronavirus relief package an unrelated $1.75 billion for the renovation of the FBI headquarters building located across the street from Trump’s D.C. hotel. One item, though, actually concerns events that took place over two years ago, but were only disclosed this past month: Apparently the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, acting at President Trump’s request, tried (unsuccessfully) to use his influence to get the British Open held at Trump’s Scotland golf course.

As previously noted, while we try to include only those allegations that appear credible, many of the allegations that we discuss are speculative and/or contested. We also do not attempt a full analysis of the laws and regulations that may or may not have been broken if the allegations are true. (For an overview of some of the relevant federal laws and regulations that might apply to some of the alleged problematic conduct, see here.)

1 thought on “Tracking Corruption and Conflicts of Interest in the Trump Administration–August 2020 Update

  1. The problem is: who’s going to prosecute the federal charges? Trump has now appointed a Postmaster General (DeJoy) who is deliberately delaying the mail — this is a federal felony. However, AG Bill Barr is a criminal and will refuse to prosecute. This is being done in order to prevent people from getting their mail-in ballots and prevent them from returning the ballots — Trump has *admitted this* — which means it’s an attempt to steal the election.

    Private prosecutions were never abolished by statute in the US — judges have just invented excuses not to accept them, in a series of very questionable cases from the late 1970s and early 1980s. It’s time to revive them, because it’s the only way to deal with a blatantly corrupt AG.

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