Republicans Using Their Position of Power to Try to Get out of Trouble

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Displaying 12 Scandals
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  • Nico Rios [R-ND]
    Spewed homophobic and racist taunts against police officers who pulled him over for swerving in and out of his lane and also failed a field sobriety test, refused to take a breathalyzer and threatened the officers by saying that he would "regret" arresting him because he knew the state AG and claimed he could falsely tell him that he was mistreated by the officers
    23 Dec 2023
    According to charging documents filed by local police
  • Dean Davis [R-OK]
    Drunkenly told police officers they had no idea “how bad you messed up" and claimed they "cannot detain" him because he was a state representative after getting arrested for ignoring repeated commands to leave a bar that had closed at 2am and could no longer have alcohol consumed on the premises
    25 Mar 2023
    According to charging documents filed by local police
  • Matt Grossell [R-MN]
    Swerved in and out of his lane at 2:30am while going nearly 20 mph over the speed limit and was found to have a BAC of over twice the legal limit after police pulled him over and then unsuccessfully tried to exploit his personal relationship with the arresting officer to get out of trouble, which is especially egregious as he was a former sheriff's deputy who served on his legislature's "Public Safety" committee
    17 Feb 2023
    According to a police report filed by local officials
  • Lee County Board of County Commissioners Christine Deramo
    Swerved in and out of her lane after 1:00am and soon after refused to take a breathalyzer and field sobriety tests after police reported smelling an "overwhelming alcoholic odor" along with her bloodshot eyes and then namedropped her politically affiliated boss and the local sheriff in an apparent attempt to get out of trouble
    18 Jan 2023
    According to charging documents filed by local police
  • 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
  • Craig Pierce [R-NC]
    Swerved in and out of his lane while driving fifteen miles 50-mph in a 35-mph zone and went on a profanity-laden rant against his arresting officers where he threatened to get them fired and self-assuredly said he was going to call in political favors to make his charges disappear and when in custody took a breathalyzer test which was more than three times the legal limit
    18 Oct 2021
    According to charging documents filed by local police
  • Rebecca Doherty [R-OH]
    Crashed her SUV into a ditch and then told the police who arrived and observed vomit in her car and a strong odor of alcohol on her breath that "I am absolutely out of my mind. I am so intoxicated," failed a field sobriety test and refused a breathalyzer test and tried to get out of trouble by telling the officers that she was a judge -- several times -- and demanded they call a sheriff's deputy in a not-so-veiled attempt to avoid getting arrested for drunk driving
    16 Apr 2020
    According to charging documents filed by local police
  • Derek Lewis [R-KY]
    Crashed his pickup truck into a ditch, almost fell over getting out, had bloodshot eyes, slurred his words, acted belligerently, refused to do field sobriety tests telling police “I ain’t gonna do a goddamn thing you want” and then tried to use his position in government to get out of trouble by repeatedly demanding that the deputy call the local sheriff on his behalf
    16 Apr 2020
    According to a police report filed by local officials
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dan Kirby [R-OK]
    Secretly paid $44,500 in taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former assistant that he fired after she complained about his behavior
    23 Dec 2016
    According to reports by local and state media
  • John Ensign [R-NV]
    Had his parents pay his close friend and his friend's wife who he had an affair with $96,000 to keep them both quiet and used his influence to get his friend a corporate lobbying job, all of which resulted in him eventually resigning from the senate
    09 Jul 2009
    According to reports by mainstream media outlets