Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick for Attorney General of the United States, didn't disclose millions of dollars worth of oil interests that he owns in Alabama in his paperwork submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee. This is in violation of federal ethics rules that require Sessions to submit a "complete and specific public disclosure" of his financial assets.
Representative Tom Price, Donald Trumps choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services, has been the go-to person for health industry executives and donors who have run afoul of federal regulators or who are facing cuts from the federal government. Price has made decades of inquires to the FDA on behalf of his high moneyed donors and has also personally advocated for multiple companies who have donated money to his campaigns and PAC's.
Donald Trump charged $500 to everyone who attended his NYE party at Mar-a-Lago and personally pocketed the money instead of giving it to his political action committee or the RNC.
Donald Trump reportedly kicked an author who wrote a critical biography about the President-Elect off his Mar-A-Largo golf course after the author approached Trump to shake his hand and pay his respects. Harry Hurt III, the author who Trump kicked off the course, accused Trump of telling him to leave the course because "it’s inappropriate that you play here and I want you to leave."
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggested that Congress rewrite ethics laws and "think up a whole new approach" to them to protect Donald Trump from running afoul of them once he becomes President. Gingrich told an interviewer that "traditional rules don't work" because "we've never seen this kind of wealth in the White House."
Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump along with two other investors created a charity called Opening Day Foundation that is selling access to Donald Trump on and around inauguration day. The "charity" is accepting donations in exchange for a private reception with Donald Trump and potentially a private hunting event with the new President if the price is right.
The Kuwaiti government cancelled a major gala they planned to hold at the Four Seasons in Washington, D.C. after their ambassador received pressure from the Trump Organization to hold it at Trump's new hotel in the old Post Office building.
Donald Trump's campaign struck a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group during the Presidential campaign that granted the company priority access to Trump and his inner circle in exchange for positive media coverage and a promise to run his rallies and speeches without commentary. Sinclair operates 173 television stations in 81 U.S. markets and reaches millions of American consumers every day, so the deal undoubtedly gave the Trump campaign tens of millions of dollars worth of non-critical free airtime.
Donald Trump used campaign money to reimburse his personal businesses to the tune of $12.5 million dollars during the 2016 campaign. Trump's use of his businesses for campaign events is technically legal, but has been described by multiple watchdog groups as the first time a candidate has "ever run so much of a campaign's spending through his own businesses." Trump
Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump's daughter, sat in on a private meeting between the President-elect and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe while her husband sat in the background. Her participation can be seen as a conflict of interest for Donald Trump because Ivanka and her brother will be running his businesses while he is President. **Update** The New York Times reported that Ivanka is in the process of finalizing a business deal with a Japanese clothing manufacturer Sanei International whose largest shareholder is the state owned Development Bank of Japan .
A man who worked on Donald Trump's campaign in Michigan was convicted of ten counts of felony election fraud for forging signatures on petition forms back in 2012. The staffer, Brandon Hall, was convicted on all ten counts against him for signing other people’s names in support of 2012 judicial candidate Chris Houtaling.
Donald Trump encouraged Nigel Farage, a leading politician in Great Britain, to use his position of authority to pressure the British government to cancel planned wind farm projects that would be built near his golf course in Scotland. Trump reportedly told Nigel that Britain has " got to do something about these windmills. Let’s put them offshore, why spoil the beautiful countryside?”
Donald Trump's National Security Adviser Michael Flynn gave classified information to NATO allies without approval from his superiors during his tenure at the Defense Intelligence Agency. His actions prompted his superiors to formally reprimand him.
Donald Trump praised one of his business partners in Turkey during a call with the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Trump used the talk with Erdogan to talk about his luxury hotel in Turkey and to pass along praise from the hotels majority owners.
Donald Trump's incoming chief political adviser earned a salary from nonprofit charity he ran while also running Breitbart.com. Government Accountability Institute, the nonprofit in question, claimed to be an independent, nonpartisan institute in their tax filing with the IRS, but the organization has been closely linked with right wing organizations that have been highly critical of the Obama Administration and then Secretary Clinton's campaign.
A long stalled Trump Tower project in Buenos Aires was given new life three days after Donald Trump's first phone call with Argentinean President Mauricio Macri following his election. Trump has been accused of bringing up the project in his call with President Macri, which both parties denied, but the timing of the announcement that the project is back on raises questions as to whether the two leaders did discuss restarting the project.
The Donald J. Trump Foundation admitted to "self dealing," which is illegal under Federal law. The foundation informed the IRS that they had transferred "income or assets to a disqualified person.” A disqualified person could be Donald Trump himself, any member of his family, or a business that he owns.
Donald Trump said that he doesn't have to cut any ties with his business empire because he claims the President "can't have a conflict of interest." His stance is reminiscent of former President Nixon's claim that "when the president does it, that means it is not illegal." The Constitutions Emoluments Clause prohibits any Federal official from accepting any payments from foreign governments, but only Congress can investigate and force the President to abide by it.
Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump's daughter, participated in a phone call between Donald Trump and Argentine President Mauricio Macri shortly after his electoral victory. Her participation in the conversation raise conflict of interest questions considering Trump has multiple business ventures in Argentina and she will be running her fathers business empire while he is President.
The Federal Election Commission notified the Trump campaign that his campaign violated campaign finance rules by accepting donations that exceeded the legal limit and demanded the campaign refund any donations that came from unregistered organizations or surpassed legal donating limits.