After Donald Trump publicly announced he was forgiving a $45 million loan he made to his campaign in order to attract donors, the Trump campaign refuses to provide documentation proving that it actually happened.
Trump press secretary Hope Hicks told The Wall Street Journal last Thursday that Trump would sign the necessary paperwork that day. But when NBC News’ Ari Melber and Alexandria Jaffe reached out to the Trump campaign asking for proof that Trump actually followed through on his promise, they declined. Now Hicks says the paperwork “will be filed with the next regularly scheduled FEC report,” a month from now.
This is no small difference. So long as Trump’s loan remains unpaid, he can legally use campaign donations to pay himself. The entire purpose of forgiving his loan was to soothe worried Republican donors who didn’t want to see their donations used to enrich Trump.
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