Conservative Controversies & Scandals

State Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats and blamed them for blocking his nominations to various posts in the Federal government, but many of those posts remain unfilled because Trump hasn't nominated anyone to fill them. Trump also left out the fact that Republicans hold the majority in the Senate and they have the ability to push through any nominee with a simple majority vote.
  • Donald Trump unleashed multiple tweets in a matter of minutes that strongly criticized the Department of Justice for "watering down" his travel ban on six majority Muslim countries. The White House has constantly claimed that Trump's order wasn't a travel ban, but Donald Trump directly contradicted official White House statements and the position of the Department of Justice by tweeting: "People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!”
  • Donald Trump lashed out at Germany, one of Americas most powerful allies, via Twitter and said that the relationship between the two countries was "very bad" for the United States before threatening that the relationship "will change" without elaborating further.
  • Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, asked Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak if he was willing to set up a secret communications channel with the Kremlin and if they could use Russian diplomatic facilities within the United States.
  • Donald Trump physically shoved the Prime Minister of Montenegro aside so he could be in the front row of a photo being taken at a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium. Trump was towards the middle of the pack of the group of leaders from NATO nations when he put his hands on Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and shoved him aside.
  • An unidentified person from the Trump Administration leaked highly classified information about the terrorist attack in Manchester, England without receiving approval from the British government and while the British government was still tracking down all possible leads into the bombing.
  • First Lady Melania Trump swatted away Donald Trump's hand as he reached for it on the tarmac at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport. The First Couple were walking with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife on a red carpet when a camera caught Trump reaching for her hand only to have the First Lady swat it away.
  • Donald Trump asked the nations two top national intelligence officials to publicly refute that he or his campaign colluded with Russia in order to win the 2016 Presidential election. Trump asked the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, to deny that there was any evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russia, but both refused to do so.
  • 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. Update: Michael Flynn has invoked his 5th Amendment right and is refusing to provide documents that the Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed.
  • Donald Trump bragged about firing former FBI Director James Comey to the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador during a private meeting in the Oval Office. Trump's meeting with the FM and Ambassador were held the same day he fired Mr. Comey. An intelligence source reported that Trump told that two that he just "fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job."
  • Donald Trump accused Secretary Hillary and President Obama of committing "illegal acts" in an early morning Tweet lamenting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to the investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election and their potential collusion with the Trump campaign. Trump tweeted: "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!"
  • Donald Trump claimed that the current investigation into his and his campaigns ties to the Russian government is "the greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history." Trump offered no documentation to back his claim up.
  • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy privately claimed that he believed Donald Trump was being paid by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with his fellow GOP House leaders. The recorded conversation caught McCarthy saying “There’s two people I think Putin pays: [Rep. Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump.” Speaker Paul Ryan immediately interjected and stopped the conversation from proceeding.
  • Six federal law enforcement agencies are conducting an investigation into whether Donald Trump and his campaign illegally accepted money from the Russian government. Trump's campaign is being investigated for taking money that was supposed to be given to Russian-American pensioners and instead funneling it to hackers who released stolen information that was damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign. Update: FBI Director James Comey publicly confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation into Trump's campaign and even Trump himself concerning their interactions with the Russian government during the Presidential campaign. Update 2: Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Russia investigation.
  • Donald Trump's top advisers are afraid to leave him alone with foreign leaders because they are worried that he will "speak out of turn." This is especially true for his National Security Adviser, General McMaster, who feels he has "to insert caveats or gentle corrections into conversations when he believes the president is straying off topic or onto boggy diplomatic ground."
  • Donald Trump claimed that former FBI Director James Comey requested to have a private dinner with him shortly after his inauguration, but multiple sources have said that is not true and that such a request would have had to be approved by the Deputy Attorney General before Comey would be able to host the President for dinner.
  • White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein's wrote a letter recommending the termination of FBI Director James Comey and that Trump agreed after receiving the letter from him, but that is not true. What actually happened is that Trump summoned Attorney General Jeff Sessions (who has supposedly recused himself from the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election), and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to his office and asked the two to come up with a reason in writing to terminate Mr. Comey. Rosenstein then followed the orders of the President and wrote a memo outlining why Comey should be let go, which Trump then used as a justification to terminate Mr. Comey.
  • Donald Trump refused to allow any American press in the oval office to capture images of his meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister, but he did allow the Russian press to enter and document the meeting.
  • Donald Trump met with Sergey Kislyak, the individual at the heart of a swirling scandal concerning Trump's 2016 Presidential campaign and potential collusion with the Russian government, without notifying the press or including him in the official readout of the meeting that was supposed to be a bilateral meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The public only found out that Kislyak was in the meeting because the Russian press, who were the only press allowed to capture the meeting, published images of Trump, Lavrov, and Kislyak smiling and laughing together.
  • White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer ran behind a tall bush on the White House grounds in an attempt to avoid answering journalists questions regarding Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. Spicer spent several minutes behind the bushes before eventually reappearing and answering a handful of questions from the press, although he insisted they all turn their lights off.