It appears as though the Trump clan is no longer hiding the fact that they are complicit. The president’s eldest son, Don Jr. has a previously undisclosed business relationship with a longtime hunting buddy who helped raise millions of dollars for his father’s 2016 presidential campaign and has had special access to top government officials since the election.
Gentry Beach, a Texas hedge fund manager, and Trump have been involved in business deals together dating back to the mid-2000s and recently formed a company called Future Venture LLC — despite past claims by both men that they were just friends, according to previously unreported court records and other documents obtained by the Associated Press.
Beach met with top National Security Council officials to push a plan that would curb U.S. sanctions in Venezuela and open up business for U.S. companies in the oil-rich nation, all while Donald Trump was settling into the Oval Office last February. In addition, Beach attended a private lunch in Dallas between Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Republican donors, including businessmen with petroleum interests several months after the Venezuela meeting, according to a copy of Zinke’s schedule. Many ethics experts predicted that Beach’s access to government officials and advocacy for policy changes were made possible by the president’s son’s influence, which also benefit the Trump family’s bottom line.
Of course, the White House downplayed this corruption scandal, saying that rump Jr. didn’t arrange Beach’s visit to the NSC and his proposal was dismissed.In a statement, the Trump Organization said Trump Jr. has never played a role arranging meetings “with anyone at the White House or any other government agency.”
Yeah, like anyone actually believes that.
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