4 Trump-Supporting Politicians Who Could End Up in Jail
During the 2016 presidential campaign it took a long time for mainstream Republicans to warm up to the idea of Donald Trump for nominee. And even now, the new president doesn’t have a lot of rank and file Republicans sitting in his inner circle. From early backers to Cabinet members, many of President Trump’s closest allies have been more along the fringes of the conservative movement rather than its biggest players.
Now it seems a number of them have something else in common, too. They tend to be under investigation – and potentially facing jail time. Here are just four Trump supporting politicians who have allegedly been playing a little loose with the law – and might be seeing it coming back to haunt them.
1) Oklahoma Republican state Sen. Ralph Shortey
Once , Shortey was a very early backer of Donald Trump for president, and served on his Oklahoma Leadership team. Now the disgraced politician is being asked to resign his office after police found him in an Oklahoma motel room smoking pot with an under-aged teen boy with whom he has apparently had a longstanding relationship.
“The charges against Sen. Ralph Shortey were filed Thursday, one week after he and the teenager were found at a Super 8 motel in Moore, Okla., just south of Oklahoma City, according to an affidavit. Authorities said the two met through an online personal ad about a year ago and had been texting since, reports the Washington Post. “Shortey has been charged with three felonies: soliciting the prostitution of a minor; transportation for the purpose of prostitution; and prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church.”
2) Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland
Filling the Trump Cabinet has been an excruciatingly slow task for President Trump, and no where has that been more true than in the department of National Security, where Mike Flynn was first appointed and then resigned. Now Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland, a former Fox News security pundit, is possibly being shoved out as a new Deputy Security Adviser.
But that’s only one of McFarland’s worries. According to Mother Jones, she may also be in trouble for campaign finance violations, too. The magazine claims she misused campaign funds from her 2006 attempt to unseat then Senator Hillary Clinton in New York – a race where McFarland didn’t make it past the primary.
Allegedly, however, she found other purposes for the campaign funds. Illegal ones. She spent tens of thousands of dollars in a five year period on a website that promoted her television appearances, an agent, and reimbursements to her spouse for undisclosed reasons. There appears to be no actual evidence during that period however that she was ever actually running for another office.
3) Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price
McFarland isn’t the only Cabinet member who might be in trouble, either. Newly minted HHS Secretary Tom Price may also be in hot water, in this case for participating in insider trading while still an Alabama Senator.
“In December, the Wall Street Journal reported that Price traded more than $300,000 worth of shares in health companies over a recent four-year period, while taking actions that could have affected those companies. Price, an orthopedic surgeon, chaired the powerful House Budget Committee and sat on the Ways and Means Committee’s health panel,” writes ProPublica, listing a series of drug stock investments made just prior to Price allegedly proposing less strenuous regulations on the companies in question.
Price was being investigated over the matter by U.S. Attorney General Preet Bharara, but Bharara was recently asked by the Trump administration to resign his post.
4) Former Texas Rep. Steve Stockman
Stockman left Congress after a failed Senate run against Texas Republican John Cornyn, but it appears he found something else to do with his time – embezzling money from his charity. The Trump supporter and Texas Tea Party leader has been accused of bilking a donor out of hundreds of thousands that was supposed to go to rebuilding a property for Stockman’s charity, but which instead ended up on his personal expenses and even campaign contributions.
“Beginning shortly after the $350,000 charitable donation was deposited into his Life Without Limits account, rather than spending the money on the ‘Freedom House,’ Stockman secretly diverted the funds to pay for a variety of personal expenses and to fund illegal contributions to Stockman’s campaigns for public office,” an FBI agent told the Houston Chronicle.
No renovations on the house ever happened, and the house stayed closed. Stockman, according to the Associated Press, is saying that he is being framed by, “a ‘deep state’ shadow government, which is a theory that has taken hold among some conservatives that there is a shadowy network of powerful entrenched federal and military interests working to undermine President Donald Trump.”
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