Rep. Katie Porter, D-California, raises awareness about former President Donald Trump’s latest financial debacle: a newly uncovered corruption scheme.
On Wednesday, May 11, Porter appeared on MSNBC News where she offered details on the latest developments involving former Trump Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, former Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and real estate developer, Mike Ingram.
Bernhardt and Ingram reportedly had an off-the-record meeting which led to a form of quid pro quo. According to Porter, three major events occurred shortly after this meeting. The Army Corp. of Engineers reportedly announced it was reopening the permitting process for an area of Arizona that was previously considered environmentally sensitive.
Around the same time, Ingram and a dozen of his business associates donated nearly $250,000 to the Trump Victory Fund and the Republican National Committee (RNC).
Shortly after the donation was made, a senior Fish and Wildlife official received a call saying that a “high-level Politico” wanted him to “reverse his decision that this development would harm the environment “.
The Democratic lawmaker also clarified that it appears to be quid pro quo, as the property developer and his friends received a bribe after donating to the former president’s “Victory Fund.” “This developer has been able to buy its share around the Environmental Protection Act,” Porter pointed out.
Porter also tweeted details about the program. “New from [Rep. Raul Grijalva] and me: After a real estate developer and his friends donated $241,600 in campaign donations, the Trump administration overruled local environmental experts to greenlight a development near an endangered river,” he said. she tweeted. “We are making a criminal reference for corruption.”
Porter’s remarks on MSNBC came as the House Natural Resources Committee filed a criminal complaint against the US Department of Justice. Porter said this type of “flagrant” situation should signal to Congress that “the restoration of the rule of law and the expectation that administration officials will follow suit.”