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.
|2016.06.26||One month before Election Day, Jared Kushner’s real estate company finalized a $285 million loan as part of a refinancing package for its property near Times Square in Manhattan, just as the lender - Deutsche Bank - was working to settle money laundering cases against them, which then were settled shortly thereafter. washingtonpost.com (See also Jared Kushner, Conflicts of Interest, 2016 Election)|
|2017.06.17||In the feud among nations in the Persian Gulf, Trump has supported those with which he does business, criticizing Qatar, differing sharply from the positions of the Pentagon and State Department. nytimes.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Saudi Arabia, Foreign Policy, Rex Tillerson, Department of State)|
|2017.06.20||Despite senior officials across the government convinced that Michael T. Flynn had become vulnerable to Russian blackmail, every day for three weeks, the CIA director Mike Pompeo briefed Trump on the nation's most sensitive intelligence with Mr. Flynn. nytimes.com (See also Mike Pompeo, Russia, Trump Relationship with Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Michael Flynn)|
|2017.06.22||More than a month after suggesting he may have secretly recorded his meetings with FBI Director James Comey, Trump admitted that he has no such tapes. buzzfeed.com (See also Legal Activity, Trump Relationship with Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Michael Flynn, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.06.23||Federal investigators are examining financial transactions involving Paul Manafort and his son-in-law, who embarked on a series of real estate deals in recent years fueled by millions of dollars from Mr. Manafort. nytimes.com (See also Legal Activity, Ukraine, Russia)|
|2017.06.23||Trump appeared to acknowledge that his tweet hinting of taped conversations with James B. Comey was intended to influence the fired F.B.I. director’s testimony. nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Legal Activity, Trump Relationship with Russia, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.06.27||A consulting firm led by Paul Manafort, retroactively filed forms Tuesday showing that his firm received $17.1 million over two years from a political party that dominated Ukraine before its leader fled to Russia in 2014. washingtonpost.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Russia, Trump Relationship with Russia, 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.06.27||Trump lawyer's firm steered tens of millions of dollars from Christian donations to his family members. theguardian.com (See also Legal Activity, Conflicts of Interest)|
Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal Jay Sekulow approved plans to push people to give to his Christian nonprofit, which then paid big sums to his family
|2017.06.29||The Wall Street Journal reports that Russian hackers discussed during the 2016 presidential campaign if they could obtain emails deleted by Hillary Clinton and get them to Michael Flynn, the retired general who was then a member of the Trump campaign. buzzfeed.com (See also Michael Flynn, 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.07.05||Former Department of Justice officials and voting advocates are alarmed over a DOJ letter sent to states last week that they say could signal a forthcoming effort to kick people off voter rolls. huffingtonpost.com (See also Unprecedented Actions)|
This comes as national attention focuses on several states blocking a request for voter information from Trump’s commission to investigate voting fraud, which is not a widespread problem.
|2017.07.06||The head of the federal Office of Government Ethics announced his resignation, half a year before his term was set to end, saying he had reached the limit of what he could achieve in this administration. mic.com|
|2017.07.09||Donald Trump Jr. was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign. nytimes.com (See also Russia, Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election)|
The meeting was also attended by Paul J. Manafort and Jared Kushner, who only recently disclosed the meeting.
|2017.07.10||Trump's commission to investigate possible election fraud put a freeze on its effort to collect sensitive voter data from states in the face of growing legal challenges. reuters.com (See also Mike Pence, Legal Activity, Assaults on Government)|
|2017.07.11||The June 3, 2016, email sent to Donald Trump Jr. could hardly have been more explicit: One of his father’s former Russian business partners had been contacted by a senior Russian government official and was offering to provide the Trump campaign with dirt on Hillary Clinton. The documents “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father." nytimes.com (See also Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Donald Trump Jr)|
He replied within minutes: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”
|2017.07.11||Trump is aggressively scaling back government regulations out of public view and often by political appointees with deep industry ties and potential conflicts. propublica.org (See also Conflicts of Interest, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Education)|
|2017.07.12||Congress and the Justice Department are examining whether the Trump campaign’s digital operation – overseen by Jared Kushner – helped guide Russia’s sophisticated voter targeting and fake news attacks on Hillary Clinton in 2016. mcclatchydc.com (See also Jared Kushner, 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.07.12||Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking why the DOJ settled a major money-laundering case involving a real-estate company owned by the son of a powerful Russian government official whose lawyer (Natalia Veselnitskaya) met with Donald Trump Jr. last year. businessinsider.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Trump Relationship with Russia, Donald Trump Jr)|
|2017.07.12||The State Department spent more than $15,000 to book 19 rooms at the new Trump hotel in Vancouver when members of Trump’s family headlined the grand opening of the tower in late February. washingtonpost.com (See also Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.07.14||The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. and others on the Trump team after a promise of compromising material on Hillary Clinton was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist — a former Soviet counterintelligence officer who is suspected by U.S. officials of having ongoing ties to Russian intelligence. nbcnews.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner)|
|2017.07.15||A prominent Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet military officer attended the meeting with Donald Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign chairman last year, adding a new wrinkle to the Trump team’s evolving explanations about the June 2016 session, as this wasn't previously disclosed. apnews.com (See also Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign)|
|2017.08.02||Instead of looking at Russian meddling in last year’s election, Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and the president’s public drubbing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Republican Bob Goodlatte of Virgina, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has a different priority: investigating Hillary Clinton. bloomberg.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election, Assaults on Government, Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.08.03||Republican and Democratic senators will introduce legislation aimed at making it more difficult for Trump to fire the special counsel investigating him — another sign of growing willingness in Congress to push back against the president. buzzfeed.com (See also Legal Issues)|
|2017.08.04||Investigators working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, recently asked the White House for documents related to the former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, and have questioned witnesses about whether he was secretly paid by the Turkish government during the final months of the presidential campaign. nytimes.com (See also Michael Flynn, Conflicts of Interest, 2016 Campaign)|
|2017.08.07||Since Trump’s election, the Trump International Hotel has emerged as a Republican Party power center - a profit-making venture with the name of the U.S. president in its gold signage, where every cup of coffee served, every fundraiser scheduled, every filet mignon ordered feeds the revenue of Trump's private business. washingtonpost.com (See also Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.08.07||When Trump ordered federal agencies to form teams to dismantle government regulations, those teams often turned to people with deep industry ties. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Government, Conflicts of Interest)|
The Times and ProPublica identify more possible conflicts among appointees, as Democrats in Congress demand greater transparency from the White House.