This is the second update to WC’s ongoing list of crimes committed by Trump appointees. Not likely to be the last, either.
Donald Trump promised us his administration would hire “the best people, the very best. Not the biggest donors or biggest supporters.” As a service to readers, WC provides this updated summary table of how that’s working out. Spoiler alert: Not so good.
Note this is only a partial list. As investigations proceed, WC will continue update this from time to time. Additions to the list are at the top.
|George Higginbotham||Senior Congressional Affairs Specialist, Justice Department||Illegal Transfer of Funds||Higginbotham was a Trump campaign fundraiser. While working at USDOJ, he facilitated the transfer of the transfer of tens of millions of dollars into the United States to finance the lobbying effort, attempting to shut down the still ongoing probe into embezzlement and bribery surrounding the 1MDB Malaysian state development fund|
|Trey Glenn||Region 4 WPA Administrator||Violations of Alabama’s Ethics Laws||Multiple violations of Alabama’s Ethics Act, including soliciting a thing of value from a principal, lobbyist or subordinate, and receiving money in addition that received in one’s official capacity.|
|Wilbur Ross||Secretary of Commerce||Lying to Congress||Secretary Ross told Congress he had no role in adding a citizenship question to the decennial census; there are documents showing that was a lie.|
|Brock Long||FEMA Administrator||Misuse of government equipment||House investigating his use of government vehicles for personal purposes|
|David Shulkin||Secretary for Veterans Affairs||Misuse of government equipment||An inspector general found that he improperly accepted tickets to a Wimbledon championship tennis match, and his chief of staff altered an email and made false statements that eventually led to taxpayer money being spent on travel for Shulkin.|
|Paul Manafort||Trump Campaign Chair||Tax Fraud, Money Laundering, Fraud||Guilty on 8 of 18 charges; has since plead guilty to additional crimes rather than face a second trial.
Has allegedly continued to lie since and faces pending sentencing.
|Michael Flynn||National Security Advisor||Lying to FBI||Plead guilty|
|George Papadopoulos||Foreign Policy Advisor||Lying to FBI||Plead guilty, sentenced to 14 days in prison; now serving time.|
|Richard Gates||Trump Campaign Aide||Financial Fraud, Lying to FBI||Plead guilty|
|Michael Cohen||Trump’s Personal Lawyer||Tax evasion, bank fraud, campaign finance violations||Plead guilty, sentencing pending
Plead guilty, also awaiting sentencing
|Scott Pruitt||Administrator of EPA||Subject of 13 federal investigations, including ethics, destruction of evidence and misappropriation of federal funds||“Resigned” under pressure July 5. Investigations still open|
|Rob Porter||White House Staff Secretary||Multiple allegations of domestic violence||“Resigned” under pressure|
|Tom Price||Secretary of Health and Human Services||Misuse of taxpayer funds; 26 chartered flights in 232 days||“Resigned” under pressure|
|Allen Weisselberg||Chief Financal Officer, The Trump Organization||Unknown||Granted immunity from prosecution|
|David Pecker||Publisher, National Enquirer, Trump Confidante||Unknown||Granted immunity from prosecution|
|W. Samuel Patten||Lobbyist and Trump Supporter, Tied to Manafort||Acting as Unregistered Lobbyist, Lying to Congress||Plead guilty, signed cooperation agreement|
Seven guilty pleas. Eight guilty verdicts. More than 30 indictments. That is, as others have noted, a lot of witches in Trump’s “witch hunt.”
(WC isn’t even going to list the current and former communications staffers who have perjured themselves. There’s not enough room.)