Conservative Controversies & Scandals

Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • Former National Security Michael Flynn apparently took money from Russian government officials and then didn't disclose it to government officials. It is felony to receive money from a foreign government and then fail to disclose it.
  • Donald Trump issued an Executive Order that strips federal funds from any city that classifies itself as a "sanctuary city." These cities limit their cooperation with federal immigration officials concerning nonviolent undocumented immigrants. Update: A federal judge blocked the executive order pending litigation.
  • Judge Tim Nolan, who was Donald Trump's campaign manager for the state of Kentucky, was charged with human sex trafficking of a minor after an investigation concluded there was probable cause for his arrest and prosecution. Nolan was charged with one count of human trafficking for allegedly subjecting a minor under the age of 18 to commercial sexual activity, one count of unlawful transaction with a minor, and one count of giving alcohol to a minor.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized a federal judge for putting a hold on Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban by degrading him for "sitting on an island in the Pacific." Sessions told right-wing radio host Mark Levin that he is "amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.”
  • Bill O'Reilly was accused of sexual harassment by at least five women and has settled five sexual harassment lawsuits out of court totaling $13 million. The lawsuits span a decade, but two of the accusations came to light in lawsuits against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Update: 21st Century Fox fired Bill O'Reilly effective immediately.
  • Three individuals who were assaulted at a Trump Kentucky rally in March 2016 named Donald Trump in a lawsuit against the two protesters that physically assaulted them because they claim that Trump encouraged supporters to "get them out of here." Trump has claimed immunity from the suit now that he is President, but he is on shaky legal footing because he was not President at the time of the incident.
  • Trump Endeavor 12 LLC, a company owned by Donald Trump, was ordered to pay $315,484.87 to a paint supply company after a judge found the it was at fault for not paying the paint company after they completed renovations on one of Donald Trump's golf resorts.
  • The Trump Administration said that they will not release the logs of individuals who visit the White House or meet with Donald Trump, reversing a policy set up by President Obama.
  • Donald Trump bragged to Chinese President Xi Jinping that he just bombed Syria while they were eating the dessert portion of their dinner. Trump told an interviewer that the two were eating "the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen" when he told President Xi Jinping about the missile strike. Trump then claimed that President Xi Jinping was silent after being told about it.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions called immigrants who cross the border without documentation "filth" and said that the Trump Administration will do whatever it can get them out of the United States. He then said that “[t]his is a new era. This is the Trump era.”
  • White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried to suggest that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was worse than Hitler because he said that Hitler never used chemical weapons. Spicer seemed to gloss over the fact that Hitler is responsible for using chemical weapons to kill millions of people in gas chambers during World War II. Spencer was then asked to clarify his remarks and only made matters worse by claiming that Hitler wasn't using them on his own people, but was merely bringing people to "Holocaust centers" to kill them.
  • Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from his affair with a top aide. Bentley resigned after admitting that he failed to file a major contribution report and knowingly using campaign contributions for personal use.
  • Donald Trump's "favorite business" is shutting down after numerous models refused to work for the agency. Trump Model Management, Donald Trump's modeling agency, told investors that they are officially closing down for an undisclosed reasons, but numerous sources say it is because models are refusing to work for it due to Donald Trump's divisive politics.
  • Christian values proponent, and republican Alabama Governor, Robert Bentley, resigned after being charged and pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges relating to an alleged affair with his aide that he had at first denied. The alleged affair became public following the release of inappropriate phone conversations with his aide by his ex-wife.
  • K.T. McFarland, a senior adviser to Donald Trump, was removed from the National Security Council principals committee after a reorganization gave National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster more authority to shape the council in his image. NSC Adviser H. R. McMaster and McFarland were often at odds and Trump gave him the authority to remove her after McMaster insisted on having more control of the council.
  • The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and Donald Trump confidant secretly worked with two White House officials to release cherry picked information in an attempt to impede the House investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 Presidential election. Nunes secretly went to the White House to get the information, held a press conference about the new "information" without informing the other members of the committee, then went back to the White House to present what he "found" to President Trump. Update: Nunes has recused himself from any House investigation on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.
  • Presidential Senior Adviser Steve Bannon was removed from his position on the National Security Council principals committee after a reorganization gave National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster more authority to shape the council in his image. Bannon's original seat on the council drew concern from many areas of government due to his lack of expertise in international affairs and political position within Trump's White House.
  • Donald Trump praised Bill O'Reilly and said that he doesn't " think Bill did anything wrong" one day after it was reported that Bill O'Reilly and Fox News reached a $13 million dollar settlement with five women who accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment and intimidation. The lawsuit claimed that O'Reilly “would create a bond with some women by offering advice and promising to help them professionally [and] he then would pursue sexual relationships with them, causing some to fear that if they rebuffed him, their careers would stall.” O'Reilly denied the accusations, but he and Fox News still settled the lawsuit because, in O'Reilly's own words, he is "a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way.
  • Judge Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump's pick for an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, is accused of plagiarizing extended portions of his 2006 book "The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.” Gorsuch apparently copied a long passage from an Indiana Law Journal piece with minor edits and without giving attribution. He also had a footnote "that’s replicated verbatim from the article, down to the exact same use of ellipses in citing a pediatrics textbook."
  • Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was photographed carrying plans that propose to track "aliens" from high risk areas and to create "extreme vetting questions for high-risk aliens” while heading into a private meeting with Donald Trump. Kobach is one of the leading contenders for leading the Department of Homeland Security in the Trump Administration and would be the lead person in implementing a plan like that if he were to be confirmed to the position. Update: A federal judge has ordered Kobach to hand over any notes he was photographed with during his meeting with then President-elect Trump.