Attorney Alan Dershowitz’s account of Trump violating a White House promise that Trump wouldn’t talk policy at his private Florida club is proof of how the president is profiting from the presidency while selling access to his administration.
Dershowitz is not a Mar-a-Lago member but was having dinner with member and Trump pal Chris Ruddy. The famous attorney described how Trump talked policy with him at the club.
Audio of Dershowitz:
Dershowitz described having dinner at Trump’s private club where no policy is supposed to be discussed, “Then we schmoozed about a range of issues, the travel ban, the Supreme Court. Then he went and had dinner, and then he came back at the end of dinner just to say goodbye, and then he hung out again for about another ten or fifteen minutes schmoozing about a range of issues talking about the media talking about the leaks of information coming out about classified material.”
According to Dershowitz, the president took him aside and had a private conversation about a foreign issue. Dershowitz said, “We really talked about substantive issues of his choosing.”
What Dershowitz described contradicts a written statement from White House that Trump, “has not and will not be discussing policy with club members.”
Trump is selling access to his presidency through his private club in Florida. There are no visitor logs of Mar-a-Lago made public, so the American people don’t know who Trump is talking policy with when he heads to Florida every weekend.
If this is the manner in which Trump is interacting with guests at his club, he is directly and personally profiting from the presidency.
There is much to investigate in association with the Trump presidency, but one of the overlooked elements of his potential conflicts of interest is what is happening at his private, and closed to the public club.
Congress now has a reason to investigate the conflicts of interest surrounding Trump’s private club. The American people must demand an investigation.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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