Trump’s gross manipulation of middle-class taxpayers has flown under the radar- until now.
Over the course of nearly one year in office, Trump has made multiple personal trips at taxpayers’ expense, just one trip to a Mar-a-Lago costing taxpayers approximately $3.6 million, adding up to historically high costs.
Trump takes trips to his estates as often as possible so he can collect the revenue from his own government protection: all at Americans’ expense.
Besides his frequent personal trips, Trump has been quietly racking up other expenses that will lead to increased annual taxes for the middle class.
What’s Happening Now:
Suspicions are growing following President Trump’s refusal to sell or place his personal business interests. Trump’s frequent trips to his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida and his self-promotive golf course in Scotland are nothing compared to Trump’s legal expenses.
The US Department of Justice currently has at least 10 highly paid lawyers defending the president from lawsuits that aren’t even related to government affairs, but rather to his private business interests.
An investigation carried out by USA Today revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department have refused to say how many lawyers have been assigned to the case, each of them making anywhere between $133,000 and $185,000 a year plus the additional costs of their expense accounts, research, court fees, legal assistants and more.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, USA Today was able to determine that “The government legal team is defending President Trump in four lawsuits stemming from his unusual decision not to divest himself from hundreds of his companies that are entangled with customers that include foreign governments and officials.”
“In the cases,” continued USA Today, “Justice Department attorneys are not defending policy actions Trump took as president. Instead, the taxpayer-funded lawyers are making the case that it is not unconstitutional for the president’s private companies to earn profits from foreign governments and officials while he is in office.”
Paid for by taxpayers, Trump’s lawyers argue that it is not a conflict because guests at one of his hotels, golf club members, or even someone who is directly involved in a real estate deal with the Trump Organization isn’t paying the President directly, making it impossible to link that to a ruling or favor Trump may return.
USA Today estimates that attorneys arguing Trump’s cases in Washington or New York most likely cost him at least $500 to $1,000 an hour.
Lawyers spend many hours doing research, writing briefs, taking depositions and appearing in court multiple times in each individual case, adding up to quite the paycheck.
The Justice Department has conveniently denied revealing how much Trump’s lawyers make and how much the legal work costs the government.
No president has ever been in a similar situation with the Justice Department, creating “a historically awkward and unusual position for the public lawyers,” reports USA Today, “the result of their arguments in court is to protect the president’s potential customer base.”
“We’ve never before had a president who was branded and it’s impossible to divorce from that brand,” Stuart Gerson, former head of the Justice Department’s civil division under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton told USA Today.
“It’s blurring the lines,” noted Gerson, “because it’s so unusual. I can’t think of a precedent where another civil division lawyer has been called on to defend the president under these circumstances.”
Trump’s hushed ripoff has been accumulating over the past year, raising the annual tax bill for middle-class Americans and giving corporations huge new tax breaks while Trump reaps the benefits.
H/T: USA Today