Trump Foundation Investigations Now Multiplying
The alleged wrongdoing divides into two main categories. The first is the allegation that Trump used the Foundation’s money for his own benefit, by channeling charitable contributions to buy things for himself. In 2007, at an auction benefiting a children’s charity at Mar-A-Lago, Trump bid $12,000 for a helmet and jersey signed by then-Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. Trump was photographed proudly brandishing the memorabilia, and allegedly kept the stuff as a souvenir.
In 2012, his wife Melania bid $20,000 for a portrait of the Donald, created on the spot by a “speed painter” at a breast cancer fundraiser, also at Mar-A-Lago. Trump kept the six-foot painting––it now reportedly hangs at one of his golf courses––and President Obama couldn’t resist skewering Trump with faux-praise for not demanding a 10-foot rendering.
On the other hand, the charges that the Congressional Democrats and CREW want the Justice Department and Florida US Attorney to investigate are totally different, and far more serious. These are criminal accusations of bribery against Trump, and in the case of CREW’s complaint in Florida, of soliciting and accepting a bribe by Bondi. The letter to the Attorney General cites possible violation of two federal bribery statutes, including one “pertaining to bribery schemes that deprive constituents of the honest services of public officials.”