From Criminal Convictions to Ethical Lapses: The Range of Misconduct in Trump’s Orbit – The New York Times

From Criminal Convictions to Ethical Lapses: The Range of Misconduct in Trump’s Orbit – The New York Times

Criminal Charges

Michael D. Cohen

Trump’s former longtime personal lawyer




says he made

the payments

at the direction of











to cover

up an


affair with

to cover

up an


affair with





David J.


Donald J.


who is a




Pleaded guilty to tax evasion, bank fraud and violating campaign finance laws by paying off two women who said they had had affairs with Mr. Trump in exchange for their silence. Mr. Cohen’s charges stemmed from evidence originally found by the special counsel’s inquiry.»

Paul J. Manafort

Former Trump campaign chairman

was convicted of financial fraud related to

was business partners with

was the campaign chairman for

more than $30 million in overseas income that he received to promote

who also

lobbied for

who also worked for the campaign of

who is cooperating with

Viktor F. Yanukovych

pro-Russian former president of Ukraine

Robert S. Mueller III

special counsel

who is investigating

the campaign of

Convicted of financial fraud related to a scheme in which he lobbied for a pro-Russia party in Ukraine and hid proceeds in foreign bank accounts.»

Faces seven other charges, including obstruction of justice, failure to register as a foreign agent and conspiracy to launder money.»

George Papadopoulos

2016 Trump campaign foreign policy adviser

was told by a London professor that Russia had “dirt” on

Hillary Clinton

and he relayed the information to

an Australian


and it was later passed along to



to open an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election

Pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I.»

Rick Gates

Former Trump deputy campaign chairman

was a longtime business associate of

was deputy campaign chairman and then deputy chairman of inaugural committee for

who was campaign chairman for

Donald J.


Pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering, tax evasion and bank fraud.»

Michael T. Flynn

Trump’s first national security adviser

contacted about President Obama’s new Russia sanctions by

Sergey I.


and then called a senior

official on

Mr. Flynn relayed that information back to




who stressed to Mr. Flynn that the team did not want Russia to escalate

Pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations he had with Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, during Mr. Trump’s presidential transition.»

Cabinet Officials Who
Misspent Taxpayer Dollars
or Violated Ethics Rules

Some misconduct forced officials to resign while other offenses were less serious.

Scott Pruitt

Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator

Resigned under a cloud of ethics scandals, including alleged spending abuses, cozy relationships with lobbyists and enlisting aides to obtain special favors for him and his family.»

Ben Carson

Housing and urban development secretary

Forced to cancel an order for $31,000 in furniture for his office, which was above the limit imposed on cabinet secretaries for redecorating their offices. He blamed his wife and staff for ordering the furniture before finally admitting he was involved in the decision.»

David J. Shulkin

Former veterans affairs secretary

Used taxpayer dollars to pay for his wife to go on an official trip to Europe with him, spent a good part of the trip sightseeing and improperly accepted Wimbledon tickets as a gift, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs’s inspector general.»

Wilbur Ross

Commerce secretary

Faulted by the Office of Government Ethics for continuing to maintain investments he was required to divest and entering into new ones.»

Tom Price

Former health and human services secretary

Forced to resign after repeatedly violating government travel rules and wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars by using chartered jets and military aircraft.»

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald

Former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Resigned after buying shares in a tobacco company one month into her tenure as the nation’s top public health official.»

Nikki R. Haley

American ambassador to the United Nations

Violated the Hatch Act, according to the Office of Special Counsel, by retweeting Mr. Trump’s endorsement of a Republican congressional candidate. The law prohibits federal employees from engaging in government-funded political activity.»

White House Staff With
Security or Ethics Issues

Rob Porter

Former White House staff secretary

Forced to resign after domestic abuse accusations.»

Dan Scavino Jr.

White House social media director

Violated the Hatch Act, according to the Office of Special Counsel, by posting a political message on a Twitter account that included a photo of him in the White House and identified him as a federal employee.»

Kellyanne Conway

President’s counselor

Violated ethics rules, according to the Office of Government Ethics, by endorsing Ivanka Trump’s product line during an interview to Fox News from the White House briefing room.»

Violated the Hatch Act twice by advocating for and against candidates in the December 2017 Alabama special election for United States Senate, according to the Office of Special Counsel.»

John McEntee

President’s former personal assistant

Escorted from the White House and forced to resign after an investigation into his finances caused his security clearance to be revoked. »

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