Trump's fake green card golf course scam being investigated by FBI and not ICE stuns ex-US Attorney
President Donald Trump wears a "Make America Great Again" hat at a golf tournament held at one of his properties. (Image via Saul Loeb/AFP.)

Appearing on MSNBC's AM Joy, a former U.S. Attorney raised his eyebrows at the news that the FBI is involved in investigating fake green cards reportedly supplied to undocumented immigrants by employees at President Donald Trump's New Jersey golf course.


Speaking with fill-in host, Margaret Radford, former prosecutor Guy Lews said that Trump may not be personally held responsible for his employees breaking federal law -- but added that it was curious that the FBI was called in.

"What are the possibilities that the president actually knew about this? What are the legal implications if, in fact, he did?" Radford asked.

"I think it's probably unlikely that the president himself actually knew about it, at least I'm not seeing any evidence that the president was involved in it or knew about it," Lewis admitted. "However, that doesn't mean that it's not a problem for the president and, certainly, the golf course itself. It is a federal offense, you cannot hire illegal immigrants to work, it's a federal law and we dealt with it all the time here in South Florida when I was U.S. Attorney."

"The thing I found that was fascinating about this is that it's not ICE, Immigration Customs Enforcement, investigating this," he explained. "They would normally be the organization that would investigate this kind of offense."

"Is this is a departure from the standard procedure?" the MSNBC host pressed.

"What I'm hearing, and I can be corrected, but from what I'm hearing, it's the FBI who are over there snooping around asking questions about this. That in and of itself, very unusual," he replied.

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