Donald Trump Corruption and Abuse of Power Scandals

Donald Trump will go down in history as the most corrupt President ever in the United States, and it is not even close. His entire life has been about conning, scamming and cheating people and so it comes natural for him to do the same when it comes to politics. So it's no wonder there are so many major notable examples of corruption and abuse of power by Trump, which we have documented below.

Donald Trump Corruption & Abuse of Power Scandals

  • Incited the January 6th insurrection on the Capitol by fomenting a large crowd into a frenzy and directing them to do whatever they can to stop the certification of Joe Biden's 2020 presidential victory
    06 Jan 2021
    He was impeached by a bipartisan majority in the House, but the Senate fell 10 votes short of convicting him
  • Pressured Georgia's Secretary of State to illegally "find 11,780 votes" that would overturn Joe Biden's 2020 victory in the state
    15 Mar 2021
    According to the recording of a conversation between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger obtained by The Washington Post
  • Remained closely tied to his namesake company which ended up raking in at least $7.8 million from 20 different foreign governments throughout his Presidency by having his sons run it instead of placing it in the hands of a neutral arbiter which violated decades of norms and traditions that were in place to prevent a President from profiting off the office
    04 Jan 2024
    According to an exclusive report by The New York Times
  • Refused to publicly release his tax returns before the 2016 election and while he was President which broke over forty years of precedent meant to show that the President does not have any financial conflicts of interest that could affect his decision making
    05 Sep 2016
    According to voluminous reports filed by mainstream media outlets
  • Pardoned former border agent Gary Brugman who served a two-year prison sentence for violently striking two detained undocumented immigrants who were complying with orders posing no threat of which he defended his actions instead of expressing remorse
    23 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned the wife of disgraced Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter who pleaded guilty to stealing campaign contributions for personal use
    23 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned a Republican House candidate and QAnon conspiracy theorist who was a major Trump backer and previously served two years in prison for her role in an organized auto theft ring back in 2004
    18 Feb 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned former Army lieutenant Michael Behenna who was convicted of murdering an unarmed Iraqi detainee and then ordering his subordinates to lie and say that the detainee had been released after Republican Governor Mary Falin and state AG Mike Hunter personally intervened on his behalf
    06 May 2019
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Honored a request from Senator Rand Paul to pardon two aides who worked on his father Ron's 2012 Presidential campaign and were convicted for bribing a state senator $73,000 to change his vote in the Iowa caucuses
    24 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned notorious former Republican Rep. Duke Cunningham who served an eight-year sentence in prison for raking in $2.3 million in bribes from defense contractors
    20 Jan 2021
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Publicly signaled he would pardon his former campaign manager Paul Manafort if he refused to cooperate with the Mueller investigation after it was reported Manafort repeatedly lied to federal investigators in violation of his earlier plea agreement
    27 Nov 2018
    According to an interview Trump gave with the New York Post
  • Rewarded Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan with a pardon after he refused to cooperate with the Mueller investigation and served a 30-day sentence for lying to the FBI about his work with top Trump adviser Rick Gates and an individual tied to Russian intelligence services
    23 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Rewarded business executive Paul Pogue who served three years' probation for failing to pay over $400k in taxes with a pardon months after his son and daughter-in-law donated $238,541 to Trump's reelection campaign
    18 Feb 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned four Blackwater security contractor criminals after serving only a little over a year of long sentences (three 15-year and one life) for murdering 14 Iraqi civilians and injuring 20 more of which George W. Bush's appointed commander of the Iraq war at the time General Petraeus called "hugely damaging, an action that tells the world that Americans abroad can commit the most heinous crimes with impunity"
    30 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned former Republican Rep. Robin Hayes who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his role in a $1.5 million bribery scheme following a request from Republican Senator Thom Tillis
    20 Jan 2021
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned former Republican Rep. Rick Renzi who served two years in prison for corruption giving credence to a public relations campaign he led baselessly accusing the DOJ of wrongfully imprisoning him
    20 Jan 2021
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned former New York police commissioner and vocal Trump supporter Bernard Kerik who illegally received over $250,000 from a company with suspected connections to organized crime four years after his prison sentence concluded after lobbying from his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani
    18 Feb 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned former Army lieutenant Clint Lorance after serving only 6 years of a 19-year sentence for the war crime of ordering the shooting of two unarmed Afghanistan men
    15 Nov 2019
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned former Army Major Mathew Golsteyn before his trial started for the premeditated murder of an unarmed and detained Afghan man because they suspected him of being a bombmaker
    15 Nov 2019
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned his former campaign aid George Papadopoulos who lied to the FBI about his many interactions with top Russian intelligence officials -- at the height of the 2016 Presidential campaign -- who claimed they had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton that could help the Trump campaign and used the occasion to lash out at Special Counsel Robert Mueller for prosecuting him in the first place
    22 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned Republican mayor of Mettawa, IL and brother of famed NFL player Brian Urlacher who was charged with being a leader of a multi-million dollar illegal offshore sports gambling ring led by the Chicago mob after personally meeting with the former player at the White House and before the case against his brother had concluded
    20 Jan 2021
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Rewarded former national security adviser Michael Flynn with a pardon after he stopped cooperating with investigators following his guilty plea for lying to the FBI over his communications with top Russian officials before he was sentenced and without consulting with the Justice Department first
    26 Nov 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Commuted former Republican Rep. Steve Stockman's ten-year prison sentence after serving only two years for stealing $1.25 million meant for a charity but using it for personal expenses and to fund his campaign instead
    22 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned former Rep. Chris Collins as a reward for being the first member of Congress to endorse his 2016 campaign resulting in him only serving 10 weeks of a 26-month prison sentence for insider trading
    Staff Notes: Not a coincidence he happened to get pardoned. The message is if you are loyal to Trump, he will return the favor.
    22 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned former Rep. and early 2016 campaign supporter Duncan Hunter who admitted to stealing campaign contributions for personal use days before he was set to begin his 11-month prison sentence
    22 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned his son-in-law's father Charles Kushner who served 14 months in prison in the early 2000's for illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering 14 years after he concluded his sentence which benefits his namesake company by making it much easier for them to secure financing for major projects
    23 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned his former top-adviser Steve Bannon before his case went to trial for stealing one million dollars from donors to an online charity fundraiser to build a wall on the Mexico border
    20 Jan 2021
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned his senior adviser Roger Stone as a reward for him refusing to testify against Trump after publicly bashing the US Attorneys who prosecuted the criminal obstruction and witness tampering case against him
    23 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Rewarded his 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort with a pardon after he served less than two years of his 7-year sentence after inexplicably breaking his plea deal by lying to investigators about information potentially damaging to Trump
    23 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned personal friend Conrad Black who published a fawning book with a title calling him a "President Like No Other" and previously served time for scheming to siphon off millions of dollars from the newspaper company he was CEO of
    15 May 2019
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned Navy sailor Kristian Saucier who illegally took photographs of classified areas inside a nuclear submarine after he and his lawyers baselessly compared his illegal actions to Hillary Clinton using a private server to send and receive emails during her time as Secretary of State
    09 May 2018
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Rewarded Arizona real estate developer Mike Ingram who donated $10,000 to a Trump super PAC a week prior by pardoning two men he advocated for: convicted arsonists Dwight and Steven Hammond who intentionally set a fire on their property to destroy evidence of their illegal poaching that got out of control and spread to federal land
    10 Jul 2018
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned radical rightwing filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza six years after his conviction of making illegal campaign contributions after Senator Ted Cruz personally lobbied for it
    31 May 2018
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pardoned Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio after he was convicted of contempt of court for racially profiling and illegally detaining people of Latino descent before he would be sentenced for his crime
    27 Aug 2017
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Failed to disclose gifts he received from foreign governments in 2020 in a clear violation of the Constitutional ban explicatively prohibiting Presidents from accepting gifts from foreign leaders without Congressional approval
    08 Apr 2022
    According to an official report from the State Department
  • Unlawfully destroyed official documents in burn bags and by ripping them up and flushing them down the toilet in violation of a federal law that mandates all of a President's records must be sent to the National Archives
    05 Feb 2022
    According to an investigative report by The New York Times
  • Pardoned a convicted drug smuggler who had connections with his son-in-law Jared Kushner's family after her served only two and a half years of his ten-year sentence
    26 Nov 2023
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Pushed the IRS to open investigations on FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page in violation of a federal law that prohibits a President from "directly or indirectly" ordering the IRS to investigate or audit individual people
    07 Jul 2023
    According to a sworn statement by former White House chief of staff John Kelly
  • Directed three top White House officials to repeatedly call and threaten Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that a negative article about their private lives would be published in the National Enquirer unless they call him and personally apologize for their negative coverage of him
    30 Jun 2017
    According to both the anchors who reported Trump's actions in the Washington Post
  • Pushed the Justice Department to keep open a political investigation looking into the Clinton Foundation long after it became abundantly clear no wrongdoing was found by investigators
    22 May 2023
    According to an exclusive report by The New York Times
  • Commuted convicted fraudster Phillip Esformes' sentence after he had only served less than two years of his twenty-year sentence for a massive healthcare fraud following a public relations campaign his well-connected family waged with the Trump White House
    24 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Gave his 2020 Republican acceptance speech from the White House lawn in what one expert described as an “abomination” that “may be the most visible misuse of official position for private gain in America’s history”
    28 Aug 2020
    According to multiple experts on the law and government regulations
  • Pardoned former Rand Paul aide Jesse Benton who was convicted of giving a 73K bribe to an Iowa state senator in exchange for his endorsement of then Presidential candidate Ron Paul following a request by Republican Sen. Rand Paul
    24 Dec 2020
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Strongly hinted that he would pardon people convicted of crimes related to the 1/6 insurrection by saying he'll be "looking at them very, very seriously," but only if they didn't cooperate with authorities
    18 Jun 2022
    According to a speech he gave that was covered by multiple outlets
  • Communicated through close intermediaries to his personal lawyer Michael Cohen that he would pardon him if he didn't cooperate with prosecutors and provide them with potentially damaging information about his business and financial dealings days after the FBI raided Cohen's office and residence
    13 Mar 2019
    According to the text of two emails obtained by CNN
  • Accepted two loans totaling $8 million for Trump Media from a shadowy entity closely associated with Russian oligarchs at the same time the company was on the verge of dissolution for lack of funding
    15 Mar 2023
    According to multiple sources in an investigative report by The Guardian