A Dime Saved A Dime Saved Alleged Bribery Scheme Could Be the Nail in the Coffin for Trump

A Dime Saved A Dime Saved Alleged Bribery Scheme Could Be the Nail in the Coffin for Trump

Donald Trump, a former president, has not been very lucky recently. He appears to be involved in one controversy after another, each of which makes his 2024 campaign more difficult than the one before it. The most recent incident involves an alleged bribery plan by a real estate developer to influence Trump to pardon two prisoners.
The Plan Develops
Raul Grijalva, the chairman of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee, and Representative Katie Porter assert that developer Mike Ingram obtained pardons for Dwight and Steve Hammond, who were found guilty in 2012 of lighting public fires on public land they had leased and of killing deer there without a permit.

Because Ingram was the target of the Natural Resource Committee’s first criminal referral for a different alleged instance of bribery, it just so happened that Ingram was already acquainted with the committee. According to Grijalva and Porter, Ingram donated $10,000 to the America First Action, Inc. Super PAC in an effort to get the Hammonds pardoned.

The two Democrats demanded that the Interior Secretary’s office make available all documents relating to Dwight and Steve’s pardons. In 2015, the two were given a five-year jail term, with credit for time already served.

To assist us to investigate [the Ingram case], we are asking for documentation, Porter added. “I will not stand for corruption.”

In response to their case, a number of right-wing demonstrations were organized, including a 40-day armed takeover of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
To support the Hammonds, Ingram sent a letter and articles to a Trump Interior Department official. On July 1, 2018, a Republican congressman tweeted that Trump was seriously considering the pardon.

Ingram donated his contribution to the Super PAC only one day after that, and the Hammonds received their pardon the next week.

This month, the Natural Resources Committee stated that the two Democrats are looking into the matter and have asked for the disclosure of certain records.
Disclosing the Scheme

The two Democrats presented their arguments and proof against Ingram and Trump in their own statement.
Only one further $10,000 gift total from Mr. Ingram was made during the non-presidential election year of 2017–2018. Relating to the Villages at Vigneto development [in Arizona], the committee made a criminal referral regarding the contribution. In that case, On the same day or just a few days after a significant federal decision regarding Vigneto was made in Ingram’s favor, Ingram and 12 other people, many of whom maintained personal or professional relationships with Ingram, donated nearly a quarter of a million dollars to the Trump Victory Fund and the Republican National Committee.

The links between the Vigneto case and the Hammonds’ pardons, they said, “raise serious questions about yet another possible example of bribery under the Trump administration and need additional investigation.”

Porter said that when looking into a separate case, she and Grijalva discovered the scam. They were investigating a purported $240,000 “quid pro quo” arrangement between the Trump administration and a developer of real estate.