Conservative Controversies & Scandals

Republican Scandals & Controversies

  • Marc Kasowitz, Donald Trump's personal lawyer, released an official letter in response to former FBI Director Jim Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that was riddled with spelling errors. He referred to President Trump as Predisent, misspelled DNI Director Dan Coats name, and added a second period at the end of one sentence.
  • Donald Trump demanded former FBI Director James Comey pledge his loyalty to him during a private dinner less than a week after Trump's inauguration. Comey refused and simply pledged to always be honest with Mr. Trump. Trump didn't accept that at first and brought the issue up at least twice more during the dinner. Update: Former FBI Director James Comey swore under oath during a Senate hearing that Donald Trump did, in fact, ask him to pledge his loyalty.
  • Donald Trump took money meant for St. Jude's Children's Hospital and transferred it to the Trump Organization, a "charity" that has come under major scrutiny by state and federal regulators. Trump's son Eric hosts an annual charity golf event for St. Jude at his fathers golf course in Westchester County, New York and boasts that all the money goes to help children suffering from cancer, but financial documents show that over a million dollars were actually sent to his fathers "charity."
  • Donald Trump's son, Eric, claimed that Donald Trump's critics are "not even people" during an interview with conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity. He went on to blame the Democratic Party (which is in the minority in both the House and Senate) for sabotaging his dad's agenda.
  • Donald Trump's sons, Eric and Donald Jr., went on "Good Morning America" to promote a new hotel chain in Mississippi that is based off his campaign slogan. The chain, "American Idea,” is opening three hotels in the state that overwhelmingly voted for their dad, but the two sons insist they aren't trying to profit off their fathers Presidency.
  • At least four major law firms have turned down a request to represent Donald Trump in the Russian investigation because they believed that Trump would be unwilling to listen to their advice. Brendan Sullivan of Williams & Connolly; Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Paul Clement and Mark Filip of Kirkland & Ellis; and Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell all turned down White House requests to represent Donald Trump.
  • 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 made up the word "covfefe" on a tweet that he sent out at 12:06am while complaining about the negative press he receives. Trump tweeted again six hours later and asked his followers to figure out the definition of "covfefe," which isn't an actual word.
  • 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.