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Dems Think They May Have Finally Found the Smoking Gun

The Democrat party has been turning over every possible stone they find in an effort to take Donald Trump out, and now they believe they finally have something.

The Trump Inaugural Committee is quickly becoming the focus of the party as a way to take Trump down.

Excessive Payments

The Trump Inaugural Committee raised more than double what Obama did for his inauguration.

That is not the problem.

Democrats are looking at the amount of money spent on specific services.

Among the top targets is Melania Trump’s friend, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.

Wolkoff reportedly made a fee of about $1.6 million, while her company was paid more than $25 million for services during the inauguration.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), head of the House Intelligence Committee, is investigating “financial or other leverage foreign actors” could possibly have over Trump or members of his administration.

The media has been asking its own questions, with like services during other administrations costing roughly 25 percent of these fees.

This is a very tricky thing, though, as people may have been offering services as in-kind donation for other campaigns whereas as Trump was paying the full freight.

This is not really the problem, though.

Pay-for-Play

President Trump regularly called out Hillary Clinton for her foundation and what appeared to be a pay-for-play scheme.

Big donations were made, then access to the State Department or even President Obama was granted.

For Trump, on the surface at least, it would appear as though the same thing was happening for ambassador appointments.

Investigators have found a correlation between donors that gave an average of approximately $350,000 and ambassador appointments.

In all, at least 14 of Trump’s major donors were granted appointments without ever having any diplomatic experience.

The Trump administration is taking the stance that their business experience makes them a perfect fit for the job.

The Senate, however, has not necessarily agreed with the President on this.

While these appointments usually go through rather quickly, the Republican-controlled Senate has taken months for some, with at least one appointment having been stalled for the duration of Trump’s presidency.

One of the more embarrassing appointments for Trump is Doug Manchester, who donated $1 million to the inauguration committee.

Manchester was nominated for the Bahamas post, wrongly claiming the Bahamas was a U.S. protectorate.

The Bahamas is and has been an independent nation since 1972, something the U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas should know.

Now, before anyone puts the cuffs on Trump, this also happens to be a regular practice of presidents, just not to this degree.

For instance, President Barack Obama appointed Kirk W.B. Wagar as the Singapore ambassador. Wagar donated more than $200,000 to Obama’s campaign.

President Bush appointed Mercer Reynolds as the ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Reynolds donated more than $100,000 to the GOP and Bush.

To be truthful, all of this may amount to nothing for Trump, but the optics on it are very bad and will be made worse by Democrats.

It will definitely be used as a focus to attack Trump during the campaign regardless of the outcome of the investigation by the House Intelligence Committee.

You can read the full report on NBC News.

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