Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Is Trump's Evangelical Lawyer Just Another Dirtbag?

Why does Donald Trump surround himself with so many real dirtbags?

Trump's latest legal mouthpiece, Jay Sekulow, is a perfect example. The Guardian has published an expose on Sekulow that suggests the Sekulow family grew fat and rich out of his Christian nonprofit.

More than 15,000 Americans were losing their jobs each day in June 2009, as the US struggled to climb out of a painful recession following its worst financial crisis in decades.

But Jay Sekulow, who is now an attorney to Donald Trump, had a private jet to finance. His law firm was expecting a $3m payday. And six-figure contracts for members of his family needed to be taken care of.

Documents obtained by the Guardian show Sekulow that month approved plans to push poor and jobless people to donate money to his Christian nonprofit, which since 2000 has steered more than $60m to Sekulow, his family and their businesses.

Even if the Sekulow clan didn't break any laws it's a pretty sordid story.


the salamander said...

.. yes ..

Anonymous said...

With clues like "Trump," "evangelical," and "lawyer" the question answers itself!


Lulymay said...

We had an "evangelical" build our house for us -- didn't know until after we signed the contract. Liked lots of cash (no cheques please) and spent most of his time trying to resurrect is "rock" career -those were the cocaine days of course - into a "christian" rock music career. What a disaster. He didn't make any claims to be a lawyer, but any time we requested a slight change to what the house plans were, his stock and trade response was "well that'll cost another twenty thousand".

Bottom line was basically crooked as a dog's hind leg. Adding a politician and/or lawyer would have multiplied the problem 2-fold.

The Mound of Sound said...

Lulymay, I used to do a good bit of fraud work and some of the best were fundamentalist Christian business types. There was a line that went the more devout the businessman the surer you could be that the devil had him by both lapels. One stunned me by claiming that the attraction of fundamentalism is that it allowed one to get the Lord's absolution on Sunday for all the sins of the week, essentially cleaning the slate for a fresh start Monday morning.