GOP operatives charged with funneling $25,000 from Russian citizen to Trump campaign in 2016 – Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia 2021-09-20 21:10:58 –

File – File Photo (AP Photo / Evan Vucci, File) by President Donald Trump at a campaign rally at Laughlin / Bullhead International Airport in Bullhead City, Arizona, October 28, 2020.

The Justice Department charged two prominent Republican operatives on Monday allegedly helping Russian citizens illegally donate $ 25,000 to the 2016 Trump campaign.

Jesse Benton (43) and Doug Wead (75) Indicted with 6-count indictment And I first appeared in the DC District Court. They have been accused of colluding to violate the Election Funding Act, making illegal foreign donations, and helping to submit false records to the Federal Election Commission. Information about their lawyers was not immediately available.

Prosecutors said Benton and Weed had poured $ 25,000 into the Trump Victory Commission from an unknown Russian donor. The Trump Victory Commission is a community chest venture between the then candidate Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee. The Russians then participated in a September 2016 fundraising campaign in Philadelphia, where they met Trump and took pictures with the future president.

There is no indication in the court filings that the case is related to the investigation of a special counsel who investigated many people. Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia’s relationship.. The indictment says the Trump campaign was unaware that the money came from a foreigner.

According to the indictment, the Russians sent $ 100,000 to a company owned by Benton. Benton maintained $ 75,000 and donated the remaining $ 25,000 to the Trump Victory Commission. The indictment does not name Trump or the Commission. However, the details of the court filings are consistent with Trump’s travel schedule, and Federal Election Commission records confirm Benton’s donation.

The two defendants have been in politics for decades and are well known in Republican circles.

Benton worked for Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell in 2014 Re-election campaign, Senator Rand Paul’s first campaign in 2010 and former Senator Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in 2012. Not guilty in 2015 I lied to the FBI about a donation scheme for approval, Convicted in 2016 In related cases.He received probation, and Trump forgave him Last December.

Weed was an aide to former President George HW Bush, served Benton in Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential election, and undertook a Rand Paul Senate reelection campaign in 2016.

The Justice Department has recently cracked down on foreign influences in American politics by filing proceedings over straw donations, private lobbying, and election interference.

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