Monday August 13, 2018
President is hardly draining the swamp in Washington.
President Donald Trump brought questionable people with him to Washington. To the Republican National Committee, he brought three: Casino mogul Steve Wynn had to step down as financial chairman after the exposure of an alleged decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct; venture capitalist Elliott Broidy left his post as deputy finance chairman after allegations that he impregnated his mistress, a former Playboy model; and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen also was appointed a national deputy finance chairman.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Cohen paid off Broidy's mistress Shera Bechard with $1.6 million, using the same Delaware company created to pay adult film star Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, $130,000 for her silence concerning her alleged tryst with Donald Trump. This same company received $500,000 from a firm founded by a Russian oligarch.
Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt was accused of making a below-market condominium deal with the wife of a lobbyist who had a case before the EPA, and of using a government subordinate to seek business opportunities for his wife.
There are three legal cases alleging the president is violating the Constitution's "emoluments clause" by remaining involved with businesses that get payments from foreign countries. We have had 43 previous presidents before Trump, and this is the first time the emoluments clause had to be tested in an American courtroom.
This is not the higher moral ground that candidate Trump promised.
Jane M. Seidel
Questionable ethics mark administration