Corruption as it applies to Trump and his administration is defined as the misuse of entrusted, public power for private gain. During the 2016 election Trump did not release his tax returns in a move that was unprecedented in modern presidential campaigning and raised questions about possible conflicts of interests that might impede his ability to maintain the interests of the country over those of his business. He repeatedly promised to release his tax returns if he was elected, but promptly broke that promise.
The lack of a record of his financial assets, connections, and liabilities, as well his decision not to cut ties completely with his numerous businesses has raised concerns about the potential for abuse of power and corruption during his administration, whether it be through foreign officials currying favor by staying at his hotels while on official business or visits, or supporting his families many business interests.
This page will track potential corruption by Trump and his administration.
See also Conflicts of Interest.
|1998.||Trump's hotel company secretly conducted business in Cuba—in violation of U.S. laws—by funneling money through a consulting firm and linking it after the fact to a charitable venture. newsweek.com (See also The Trump Organization)|
|2013||Trump Admits to relationship with Putin on video from 2013. youtube.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2016.03.10||Flynn worked for Turkish government without registering as a foreign agent or disclosing it to the Trump campaign. nytimes.com (See also Michael Flynn)|
|2016.08.14||Ledger in Ukraine shows $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments between 2007 and 2012 to Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager, from pro-Russian political party led by former Ukranian President Viktor F. Yanukovych. nytimes.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2016.12.20||Eric and his brother Donald Trump Jr announce "Camouflage and Cufflinks" fundraiser in which they are selling access to themselves (for $500,000) during a hunting trip and (for $1 million) access to their father. politico.com (See also Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr)|
|2016.12.21||Eric Trump announces he will stop directly soliciting contributions for his charitable foundation. nytimes.com (See also Eric Trump)|
|2017.01.19||Donald Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, defended his use of offshore tax havens on Thursday, after revealing in an updated set of financial disclosures that he is the director of a Cayman Islands-based investment fund. buzzfeed.com (See also Steven Mnuchin, Department of the Treasury)|
|2017.01.27||Two Russian intelligence officers who worked on cyberoperations and a Russian computer security expert have been arrested and charged with treason for providing information to the United States mobile.nytimes.com (See also Russia, Trump Relationship with Russia, 2016 Election, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.02.06||TIME magazine outlines case for impeachment of Trump for violating emoluments clause of Constitution. time.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.02.07||As Trump falsely claims widespread voter fraud, Republican-led committee divides along party lines over independent election commission meant to help states improve voting systems and votes to eliminate them. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Voter Fraud, False Statements, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.02.07||Republican mega-donor Betsy DeVos confirmed as education secretary after Mike Pence breaks tie, despite opposition of two Republicans and all Democrats, in closest confirmation vote on Trump’s cabinet. theguardian.com (See also Betsy DeVos, Department of Education, First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.14||House Republicans block an attempt by Democrats to obtain Trump's tax returns from the IRS so that his financial links to Russia can be examined, among other things. apnews.com (See also Trump Business, Trump Taxes, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2017.02.14||The Office of Government Ethics rules Kellyanne Conway’s endorsement of Ivanka Trump’s products was “a clear violation” and misuse of her post, and recommends disciplinary action. nytimes.com (See also Kellyanne Conway, Ivanka Trump)|
|2017.02.14||Trump signs law that cancels out a Securities and Exchange Commission regulation that would have required oil and gas and mining companies to disclose in detail the payments they make to foreign governments. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Government, Energy, First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.23||Hacked phone texts appear to show that Paul Manafort was blackmailed over relations with pro-Russian Uknranians while serving as Trump's campaign chair in the summer of 2016. politico.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign, First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.24||Republican Rep. Issa asserts need for special prosecutor, independent of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to investigate Russian meddling in Trump’s election. washingtonpost.com (See also Russia, Trump Relationship with Russia, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.03.01||Justice Department officials say Attorney General Jeff Sessions, charged with leading investigation into Russian interference in U.S. election, lied under oath about contact with Russian ambassador in 2016 while he was part of Trump's campaign team. washingtonpost.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Russian Meddling in Election, Department of Justice)|
|2017.03.09||Office of Government Ethics director Walter Shaub says Trump Administration's claim that numerous ethics laws "do not apply to employees of the Executive Office of the President" is incorrect. npr.org (See also Kellyanne Conway, First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.13||A hotel in Azerbaijan that Trump helped build appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. newyorker.com (See also The Trump Organization, Ivanka Trump, Conflicts of Interest, Iran, Azerbaijan)|
|2017.03.22||FBI reviewing information that indicates Trump associates communicated with suspected Russian operatives, possibly to coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton during election. cnn.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Russia, 2016 Election)|