Only days before the start of his second impeachment trial, Donald Trump is facing yet another corruption scandal.
"The Trump Organization negotiated on behalf of then-president Donald Trump to make Parler his primary social network, but it had a condition: an ownership stake in return for joining, according to documents and four people familiar with the conversations. The deal was never finalized, but legal experts said the discussions alone, which occurred while Trump was still in office, raise legal concerns with regards to anti-bribery laws," BuzzFeed News reported Friday.
"Talks between members of Trump's campaign and Parler about Trump's potential involvement began last summer, and were revisited in November by the Trump Organization after Trump lost the 2020 election to the Democratic nominee and current president, Joe Biden. Documents seen by BuzzFeed News show that Parler offered the Trump Organization a 40% stake in the company. It is unclear as to what extent the former president was involved with the discussions," BuzzFeed reported.
The talks reportedly ended because lawyers realized the talks were unethical.
"Four sources told BuzzFeed News that Parscale and Trump campaign lawyer Alex Cannon met with Parler CEO John Matze and shareholders Dan Bongino and Jeffrey Wernick at Trump's Florida club Mar-a-Lago in June 2020 to discuss the idea. But the White House counsel's office soon put a stop to the talks, one person with knowledge of the discussions said, ruling that such a deal while Trump was president would violate ethics rule," BuzzFeed reported.
🚨 SCOOP! 🚨 Parler wanted Donald Trump on its site. Trump’s company wanted an ownership stake. Here's the excl… https://t.co/tXzqcoz4e4— Mark Schoofs (@Mark Schoofs)1612562107.0