The Biggest Donald Trump Scandals

Trump's Use of Twitter

There is no filter between the thoughts, ideas and emotions held by Trump and the expression of them on Twitter.

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The idea that Trump, whose bombastic and brash manner of speaking is off-putting in diplomatic settings, is posting what amount to be official statements without being advised by White House staff or policy experts worries many observers.

“The idea he would tweet without anyone reviewing it or thinking about what he’s saying is frankly pretty frightening,” Larry Noble, general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C., told Wired.

Public Service and Private Gain

Trump, who operates country clubs and resorts, reportedly profited from at least 10 foreign governments during his time as president.

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Critics argue Trump's acceptance of payments from foreign governments violates the Foreign Emoluments Clause, which bans elected officials in the United States from accepting gifts or other valuables from foreign leaders.

The Constitution states: "No Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State."

The Resignation of Michael Flynn

The meetings Flynn had with the Russian ambassador were portrayed as being potentially illegal, and his alleged cover-up of them concerned the Justice Department

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Critics of Trump saw the Flynn controversy as further evidence of the presidential campaign's ties to Russia and its possible collusion with Russia to damage Clinton.

The Firing of James Comey

Comey was directing the investigation into Russians' interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether any of Trump's advisers or campaign staff had colluded with them.

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Critics of Trump clearly believe Trump's firing of Comey, which was abrupt and unexpected, was a clear attempt to interfere with the FBI's investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 election. Some said it was worse than the cover-up in the Watergate scandal, which led to President RIchard Nixon's resignation.

“Russia attacked our democracy and the American people deserve answers.

President Trump’s decision to make this move ... is an attack on the rule of law and raises more questions that demand answers.

Firing the FBI Director does not place the White House, the President, or his campaign above the law," said Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.

The Russia Scandal

That a foreign government was able to interfere in a presidential election to help one candidate win is an unprecedented breach.

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Critics of Trump were troubled by the connections between the Trump campaign and Russians.

They successfully called for an independent special prosecutor to get to the bottom of the hacking.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was later appointed as a special counsel to handle the investigation into campaign ties between Trump and Russia.

Some Democrats began talking openly about the prospect of impeaching Trump.

2020 Election

Trump's team filed over sixty lawsuits alleging irregularities and attempting to overturn results in several states

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Even the legal and judicial professionals who oversaw the Trump campaign's lawsuits had strong words for the president.

One Michigan judge, for instance, denied an injunction to halt certification of the state's votes with a blunt ruling that stated, in part, "Plaintiffs’ allegation is mere speculation... [they] offered no evidence to support their assertions."


Trump's dual impeachments both are about fundamental conflicts between what are perceived as his personal interests and the interests of the country as a whole.

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Regarding the Trump-Ukraine scandal that led to the first impeachment, critics say that it was part of a pattern of Trump illegally soliciting foreign interference for his own political gain, misusing his powers of office to do so.

The accusations fully reached public view after a whistleblower from the U.S. intelligence community reported the contents of Trump's call with Zelensky and the simultaneous change in U.S. policy towards aid to Ukraine.

The whistleblower complaint also alleged that the White House attempted to cover up records of the call.

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