Trump needs to stay silent. His lawyers need to tell him to shut up.
Former President Donald Trump spent $375,000 raised from his followers for rent at his financially troubled Manhattan skyscraper last year ― even though his political committees have no presence in the building. Save America and its related entities did not have offices there.
“It’s a huge scam,” said one former aide with direct knowledge of Trump’s political spending. “I can’t believe his base lets him get away with it.”
Noah Bookbinder, the president of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said it does not appear to be illegal.
“There’s no law that says you can’t use this as a scam to enrich yourself. He’s allowed to do this. It’s sleazy, but it’s legal.”