Republican Political Muckraking Scandals

Republicans play dirty when it comes to politics, and so it's natural for them to spread lies and smears about fellow conservatives as well as liberals. But it is also just as natural and common in today's GOP for Republicans to be guilty of said things as well.

So how do you handle cases where notable conservatives accuse other notable conservatives of wrongdoing with little or no collaboration? If someone makes a claim in court or in a tell-all book, how trustworthy is it? There are so many examples of conservative books full of ridiculous claims, lies, smears and conspiracy theories against liberals with dubious "sources" that are clearly made up or lying.

When any tell-all book by a conservative attacks liberals, it is very hard to trust the information and sources. But when attacking fellow conservatives, unverified allegations are much more likely to be true.

We track the infighting and accusations by conservatives that do not have enough collaboration to warrant a story in a mainstream newspaper. There is a scandal, but we are not certain whether the scandal is the actual wrongdoing alleged or defamation. In most cases, we personally believe the former especially when it comes to accusations of assault made by women against men. But you can't trust Republicans and it is not beneath them to make up stories and smear fellow conservatives as well.

So here we list notable accusations and infighting ("political muckraking") from the right until or unless they can be verified and moved to another scandal category.

Scandal Categories
Displaying 27 Scandals
Sorted by When News Broke
  • Kari Lake [2022 GOP AZ Gov. Nominee]
    Defamed AZ County Recorder Stephen Richer (R) by baselessly accusing him of adding over 300,000 fraudulent ballots to Maricopa County's vote count in order to steal the election from her and then later admitted in court that she had no defense against his lawsuit and forfeited her right to a trial
    26 Mar 2024
    Lake asked the court to move directly to the damages phase of the trial which will determine how much Richer is owed for her defamation
  • Kari Lake [2022 GOP AZ Gov. Nominee]
    Was accused of deceptively editing a leaked recording of a private conversation where AZ Republican Party Chair Jeff DeWitt appeared to offer her a bribe to drop out of the 2024 U.S. Senate race but which he says was "selectively edited" by Lake in order to get him fired from party leadership
    24 Jan 2024
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Justin Wells [Fox News Producer]
    Was sued for "violently" forcibly kissing and sexually assaulting a fellow male Fox News producer on two separate occasions even after his advances were rebuffed and for intimidating his victim in to keeping quiet by warning him not to report what happened to Fox's human resources department
    05 Dec 2023
    According to a lawsuit filed by alleged victim Andrew Delancey
  • Charged fellow US Rep. Mas Miller's credit card for political donations that "exceeded FEC limits" without his knowledge or consent
    01 Dec 2023
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R-CA]
    Was accused of intentionally elbowing fellow GOP Rep. Tim Burchett in his kidneys and then running away when he turned around to see who hit him
    14 Nov 2023
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • State Rep. Fabián Basabe [R-FL]
    Was sued for sexual harassment for making unwanted sexual advances on a male legislative aide and male legislative intern
    13 Sep 2023
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by the alleged victims
  • Commissioner James Chapman [R-MI]
    Kicked a fellow state GOP official Mark DeYoung in the groin and then grabbed him by the legs and knocked him to the ground as soon as DeYoung opened the door to a reportedly "closed" meeting Chapman didn't want him attending
    09 Jul 2023
    According to a report filed by local police
  • State House Speaker Tim Moore [R-NC]
    Was sued for $200k by a husband who claimed he used his position to persuade his wife, who was a mid-level state government employee, to engage in a yearslong affair that included instances of group sex and led to the eventual destruction of the couple's marriage
    19 Jun 2023
    According to a $200,000 civil lawsuit filed by former Republican candidate Scott Lassiter
  • Tucker Carlson [Fox News Host]
    Was sued by Fox News for breach of contract after he debuted a show on Twitter that violated the terms of his contract with them
    07 Jun 2023
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by Fox News
  • Project Veritas Founder James O'Keefe
    Was sued by his former company Project Veritas for spending $150,000 on private cars, $10,000 on a helicopter flight and other frivolous expenses in violation of his contract
    31 May 2023
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by Project Veritas
  • State Rep. Charlie Green [R-TX]
    Accused Texas AG Ken Paxton of personally calling and threatening "several" Texas State Rep's with "political consequences" if they vote to impeach him for corruption
    27 May 2023
    According to a speech delivered by Rep. Green in the Texas State House
  • ACU Chair Matt Schlapp
    Was accused of blindsiding the CPAC Board by improperly using the organizations money to pay his lawyer $270,000 to defend him in a civil defamation lawsuit
    25 May 2023
    According to allegations lobbied by American Conservative Union treasurer Bob Beauprez in an exclusive report by New York Magazine
  • Lawyer Timothy Parlatore
    Quit defending Donald Trump because fellow lawyer Boris Epshteyn "was not very honest" and behaved as a gatekeeper who prevented other lawyers from giving Trump the legal advice they thought was best
    20 May 2023
    According to an exclusive interview Parlatore gave to CNN
  • Discussed an alleged scheme to sell pardons for $2 million each claiming he would split it evenly with Donald Trump (or possibly keep it all for himself) and asked a woman who worked closely with him if she knew anyone who would be interested and for them to work with him directly instead of publicly via “normal channels”
    16 May 2023
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by former employee Noelle Dunphy reported on by mainstream outlets
  • Composed a large "oppo file" file of reportedly damaging information against fired host Tucker Carlson that documented allegations he operated a misogynist and toxic workplace environment and planned to publicly release some or all of their files if Carlson publicly attacked the network
    25 Apr 2023
    According to 8 Fox News sources who spoke exclusively with Rolling Stone
  • Tucker Carlson [Fox News Host]
    Was abruptly fired by Fox News less than a week after the company settled a defamation lawsuit for $787.5 million likely because explicitly racist text messages he wrote that were found during the discovery process were so damning they had no choice but to settle
    24 Apr 2023
    According to a public statement released by Fox News
  • Tennessee House Republicans
    Infighting resulted in one unknown Republican house member urinating on a chair in the legislative office of fellow state Rep. Rick Tillis [R] while a small group of operatives watched presumably in retaliation to his operation of an anonymous Twitter account which posted negative gossip about fellow Republicans he disliked
    08 Apr 2023
    According to multiple eyewitness reports and confirmed by mainstream outlets
  • Roger Stone
    Was sued for defamation by rightwing activist Lawyer Larry Klayman after he called him a child molester
    12 Aug 2021
    According to a defamation lawsuit filed by Klayman
  • Was sued for defamation by disgraced former host Ed Henry because he claimed the network and CEO Suzanne Scott publicly portrayed him as a "sex criminal" and only fired him because Ms. Scott was trying to save face after the explosive allegations against him came to light
    01 Jul 2021
    According to a civil lawsuit filed in federal court
  • Jason Miller [Fmr. Trump Comms Adviser]
    Was ordered to pay thousands of dollars in owed back child support and $3,167 per month to a woman he had a baby with during an extramarital affair until the child turns 18
    15 Sep 2020
    According to a lawsuit filed by former staffer A.J. Delgado
  • Deputy Sheriff Mike McCully [R-OK]
    Was fired by his Republican boss he was running against in a sheriff's election who claimed he improperly arrested an innocent black man, was insubordinate, disobeyed the chain of command and misused trademarked county images for his campaign
    12 Mar 2020
    According to a report by The Oklahoman
  • Trump Campaign
    Was sued for discrimination by a staffer who alleged the campaign rescinded a job offer in the Trump White House after finding out that she was pregnant with incoming White House communications director Jason Miller's child
    24 Dec 2019
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by former staffer A.J. Delgado
  • Michael Silvestri [2018 NJ GOP State Rep. Candidate]
    Was accused of sexually assaulting a former campaign aide at a local GOP headquarters and later texting her pictures of weapons to scare her from reporting him to the police
    15 Feb 2019
    According to a police report filed by the alleged victim
  • Activist Joseph Turner
    Accused California Republican Assembly Leader Chad Mayes of illegally using state resources to maintain his extramarital affair with former Republican Assembly Leader Kristin Olsen after he voted with Democrats to pass a major climate change initiative in the state
    19 Jul 2017
    According to allegations made by the conservative activist reported by local media
  • Was sued by co-host Andrea Tantaros who alleged Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, former Senator Scott Brown and another male sexually harassed and made inappropriate comments to her
    23 Aug 2016
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • State Rep. Jeremy Durham [R-TN]
    Was accused of having an extramarital affair with a former state representative by the Lieutenant Governor
    29 Jan 2016
    According to a statement by Republican Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey
  • Minnesota Senate GOP
    Was sued for illegally firing without cause a staffer who had an extramarital affair with the MN Senate GOP Leader and later agreed to pay $30,000 to settle the wrongful termination lawsuit he brought against the State Senate
    15 Mar 2012
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by the fired staffer