Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, and member’s of Trump’s family are all implicated in the Russia scandal.
There is overwhelming evidence that Trump’s campaign accepted help from Russia in the 2016 election.
Many high level members of Trump’s presidential campaign have already been investigated, indicted and convicted of crimes in the Russia investigation. This is such a wide ranging scandal with so many different people and so many different illegal activities, that we will go into much greater detail later in this article.
2. The Moscow Trump Tower Scandal
While running for president, Donald Trump repeatedly lied about his business dealings with Russia. He claimed at the time to have no involvement with Russia, but it has since been revealed that he was negotiating with the Russian government and Russian business interests about developing a Trump Tower in Moscow.
It is a huge conflict of interest for a US president – or presidential candidate – to have such a close financial involvement with a foreign country, especially one like Russia that is often an adversary of the United States.
3. The Trump Foundation Scandal
Trump used his charitable foundation to pay for private and political expenses. For example, the Trump Foundation illegally made a $25,000 contribution to the Florida Attorney General who was investigating Trump’s fraudulent University.
To cover up the illegal payment, the Trump Foundation falsely reported the $25,000 contribution on their taxes, claiming that it went to a charity in Kansas which, in fact, never received any money from them.
4. The Trump University Scandal
Thousands of people were scammed out of large sums of money by the fraudulent Trump University. Although Trump repeatedly said he would never pay a dime to the people suing him, he was ultimately forced to pay $25 million to settle the lawsuits and keep it from going to trial.
A federal court approved a $25 million settlement with students who said they were duped by Donald Trump and his now-defunct Trump University.
5. Trump Porn Star Scandal
President Trump illegally paid an adult film star to keep quiet about their affair during his presidential campaign. Trump had his personal lawyer write checks totaling $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about their affair during the 2016 presidential race. Although Trump has implied that no such affair ever took place, he admits there was a non-disclosure agreement preventing Ms. Daniels from talking about it.
6. Trump Sexual Harassment Scandal
Trump’s own words indicate he repeatedly committed sexual harassment. Trump bragged about sexually groping women in the Access Hollywood recording. He also bragged about going backstage at beauty pageants and seeing contestants half naked. When those same women reported that Trump did the very things that he bragged about, Trump suddenly claimed it wasn’t true.
Trump said this to Howard Stern about the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants in 2005:
I’ll go backstage before a show, and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere. And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it.
‘Is everyone okay?’ You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody okay?’ And you see these incredible looking women, and so, I sort of get away with things like that.
7. The Michael Cohen Scandal
Trump’s strongest defender was his private attorney, Michael Cohen, who testified before Congress on Trump’s behalf. That testimony got Cohen convicted of perjury.
After his perjury conviction, Cohen again testified before Congress. This time he called Trump a racist, a con man and a cheat.
According to Cohen’s testimony, Trump routinely made racist remarks, had Cohen threaten people, had Cohen lie about the proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow and make hush money payments to silence women with whom Trump had affairs. He also testified that Trump used his charitable foundation to pay for his private expenses.
Cohen said Trump’s friend, Roger Stone, talked with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, about the timing of making Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails public.
8. The Trump Inauguration Scandal
The Trump Inauguration committee raised $107 Million. Much of that money is still unaccounted for. Trump’s inaugural committee is being investigated for conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, wire fraud, mail fraud, disclosure violations, and straw donor violations, which enabled people who disguise their donations to the Trump inauguration. Some of those illegal donations are believed to have come from Russian businessmen.
9. The Jared Kushner Security Clearance Scandal
Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner lied on his application for security clearance by not disclosing dozens of contacts he’d had with foreign governments, including Russia. This type of omission is a felony and usually more than enough to get someone’s security clearance denied. However, National Security officials were ordered to give Kushner the clearance anyway, which is an extraordinary national security violation.
10. The Trump Immigration Scandal
In April of 2018, Trump started a policy of separating children from their parents when they seek asylum at the US border. Once separated from their parents, the Trump administration did not maintain a process for reuniting the children with their parents again.
Members of the Trump administration admitted that this horrific policy was intended to discourage people from applying for asylum at the border.
Trump lied when he said this policy had been law for many years. The law does not mandate that kids be separated from their parents.