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Keeping up with the Sekulows:...
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Miloch
2020-01-31 17:39:50 UTC
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...How Donald Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow and his family got $65 million from
the charity THEY control (and it even paid for private jet travel)

more at
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7949727/Trump-lawyer-blurs-lines-charity-profit.html

* Jay Sekolow is Trump's private defense attorney and has central role in his
defense at impeachment trial

*He is being paid for his role through a company registered at an address
offering rented mailboxes and conference room by the hour

*The firm has no website and is not listed in national legal directories. The
District of Columbia Bar has no record of it, and no attorneys list it as their
employer

*Sekulow is also registered as chief counsel of the American Center for Law and
Justice, a non-profit Christian legal advocacy group

*It owns an expansive Capitol Hill row house a short walk from the Senate
chamber

*ACLJ receives the bulk of its $23 million annual budget from a charity called
CASE

*All six of the charity's paid board members share the last name Sekulow,
including Jay's wife, Pam, and their sons, Jordon and Logan

*Over the 10-year period examined by AP, more than $12 million was paid in
direct salary and benefits to Sekulow and his family members by CASE

*And the money it gave to ACLJ and other Sekulow-linked companies totals $65
million

*CASE spent at least $1.2m on private jets and paid to lease a plane co-owned by
for-profit companies controlled by Jay Sekulow and his sister-in-law

Jay Sekulow, one of President Donald TrumpŽs lead attorneys during the
impeachment trial, is being paid for his legal work through a rented $80-a-month
mailbox a block away from the White House.

The Pennsylvania Avenue box appears to be the sole physical location of the
Constitutional Litigation and Advocacy Group, a for-profit corporation co-owned
by Sekulow.

The firm has no website and is not listed in national legal directories. The
District of Columbia Bar has no record of it, and no attorneys list it as their
employer.

But Sekulow, 63, is registered as chief counsel at the American Center for Law
and Justice, a non-profit Christian legal advocacy group based in an expansive
Capitol Hill row house a short walk from the Senate chamber.

Including Sekulow, a half dozen lawyers employed by the non-profit ACLJ are
named in recent Senate legal briefs as members of TrumpŽs defense team -
including one of Sekulow's sons.

The ACLJ, as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, is barred under IRS rules from
engaging in partisan political activities.

The Republican National Committee has paid more than $250,000 to SekulowŽs
for-profit CLA Group since 2017, when he was first named to Trump's legal team
as special counsel Robert Mueller was leading the Russia investigation,
according to campaign disclosures.

Sekulow has been one of Trump's most visible defenders, enduring as a trusted
attorney for the president even as other of his lawyers have been sidelined or
entangled in controversy.

In the impeachment trial, he has sought to present Trump as unfairly hounded by
investigations, seizing on surveillance errors the FBI acknowledged making in
the Russia probe and accusing Democrats of investigating the president over
Ukraine simply because they couldn't bring him down after the Mueller
investigation.

Charity watchdogs for years have raised concerns about the blurred lines between
for-profit businesses tied to Sekulow and the complex web of non-profit entities
he and his family control.

The Associated Press reviewed 10 years of tax returns for the ACLJ and other
charities tied to Sekulow, which are released to the public under federal law.

The records from 2008 to 2017, the most recent year available, show that more
than $65 million in charitable funds were paid to Sekulow, his wife, his sons,
his brother, his sister-in-law, his nephew and corporations they own.

Daniel Borochoff, president of the American Institute of Philanthropy, said
Sekulow appears to be mixing his defense of Trump with his charitable endeavors.
The group has issued a 'Donor Alert' about ACLJ on its CharityWatch website.

'Charities are not supposed to be taking sides in partisan political activities,
such as providing legal services to benefit a politician in an impeachment
trial,' Borochoff said. 'Regulators should investigate whether or not charitable
resources, such as office, labor, equipment, etc., are being wrongly utilized to
benefit Sekulow's for-profit law firm.'

The address for CLA Group listed in recent court filings matches Carr
Workplaces, a flex-space provider that rents out mini offices, individual desks
and conference rooms for periods as brief as one hour. According to its website,
the company also offers its customers 'virtual offices' that include a mailbox
and mail forwarding.

A receptionist at the Carr Workplaces office confirmed the law firm's mail is
delivered to a mail slot in a secure room before being forwarded to another
location, which she declined to disclose.

A call to Carr last week asking to be connected to CLA Group was forwarded.
After a few rings, the call was answered by a receptionist at the non-profit
ACLJ.

Inquiries about Sekulow's for-profit law firm were referred to Gene Kapp, a
Virginia public relations contractor paid through the charity.

'Jay Sekulow is serving as a member of the PresidentŽs legal team in his
personal capacity,' Kapp said in an email.

'His work with the President is separate and distinct and is not connected with
his work as Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. The ACLJ's work is separate and distinct
from the legal work being done for the President.'

Kapp declined to say whether CLA Group has any support staff or whether Sekulow
was doing his legal work for Trump in the non-profit group's office.

Kapp would also not comment on whether CLA Group was reimbursing ACLJ for any
resources being utilized for TrumpŽs legal defense.

A 2005 investigation by the publication Legal Times reported about questionable
spending at ACLJ, quoting former employees describing millions in charity funds
being spent to support the Sekulows' lavish lifestyle, which included multiple
homes, golf junkets, chauffeur-driven cars and a private jet used to ferry
then-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Guardian and The Washington Post reported additional details in 2017,
shortly after Sekulow was named as Trump's lawyer.

Over the 10-year-period examined by AP, the tax returns show nearly $37 million
in charitable funds were paid by ACLJ to the CLA Group, the phantom law firm
listed on court filings as defending Trump.

Incorporation filings and tax records show Sekulow co-owns CLA Group with his
law school classmate and longtime business partner Stuart J. Roth. Roth is also
listed as senior counsel at ACLJ and named in recent legal briefs as one of
TrumpŽs defense lawyers.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, a Democrat, is investigating the
potential abuse of charitable funds raised by the organizations tied to Sekulow.
Spokeswoman Laura Brewer said it was unclear when that probe, begun in 2017,
would be complete.

Trump, SekulowŽs star client, has faced similar legal questions. Trump agreed to
pay $2 million as part of a settlement with the state of New York in which he
was forced to admit he misused charitable funds from the Donald J. Trump
Foundation to promote his 2016 presidential campaign, pay off business debts and
buy a $10,000 portrait of himself hung at one of his Florida resorts.

Trump's charity also cut an illegal $25,000 check to support the reelection of
then-Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who now works with Sekulow as a member
of the presidentŽs defense team.



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super70s
2020-01-31 22:48:00 UTC
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Post by Miloch
Sekulow has been one of Trump's most visible defenders, enduring as a trusted
attorney for the president even as other of his lawyers have been sidelined or
entangled in controversy.
In the impeachment trial, he has sought to present Trump as unfairly hounded by
investigations, seizing on surveillance errors the FBI acknowledged making in
the Russia probe and accusing Democrats of investigating the president over
Ukraine simply because they couldn't bring him down after the Mueller
investigation.
Charity watchdogs for years have raised concerns about the blurred lines between
for-profit businesses tied to Sekulow and the complex web of non-profit entities
he and his family control.
The Associated Press reviewed 10 years of tax returns for the ACLJ and other
charities tied to Sekulow, which are released to the public under federal law.
The records from 2008 to 2017, the most recent year available, show that more
than $65 million in charitable funds were paid to Sekulow, his wife, his sons,
his brother, his sister-in-law, his nephew and corporations they own.
Daniel Borochoff, president of the American Institute of Philanthropy, said
Sekulow appears to be mixing his defense of Trump with his charitable endeavors.
The group has issued a 'Donor Alert' about ACLJ on its CharityWatch website.
'Charities are not supposed to be taking sides in partisan political activities,
such as providing legal services to benefit a politician in an impeachment
trial,' Borochoff said. 'Regulators should investigate whether or not charitable
resources, such as office, labor, equipment, etc., are being wrongly utilized to
benefit Sekulow's for-profit law firm.'
Wow, I hadn't heard about this. He's more crooked than Michael Cohen, lol.
Miloch
2020-01-31 23:57:21 UTC
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Post by Miloch
Sekulow has been one of Trump's most visible defenders, enduring as a trusted
attorney for the president even as other of his lawyers have been sidelined or
entangled in controversy.
In the impeachment trial, he has sought to present Trump as unfairly hounded by
investigations, seizing on surveillance errors the FBI acknowledged making in
the Russia probe and accusing Democrats of investigating the president over
Ukraine simply because they couldn't bring him down after the Mueller
investigation.
Charity watchdogs for years have raised concerns about the blurred lines between
for-profit businesses tied to Sekulow and the complex web of non-profit entities
he and his family control.
The Associated Press reviewed 10 years of tax returns for the ACLJ and other
charities tied to Sekulow, which are released to the public under federal law.
The records from 2008 to 2017, the most recent year available, show that more
than $65 million in charitable funds were paid to Sekulow, his wife, his sons,
his brother, his sister-in-law, his nephew and corporations they own.
Daniel Borochoff, president of the American Institute of Philanthropy, said
Sekulow appears to be mixing his defense of Trump with his charitable endeavors.
The group has issued a 'Donor Alert' about ACLJ on its CharityWatch website.
'Charities are not supposed to be taking sides in partisan political activities,
such as providing legal services to benefit a politician in an impeachment
trial,' Borochoff said. 'Regulators should investigate whether or not charitable
resources, such as office, labor, equipment, etc., are being wrongly utilized to
benefit Sekulow's for-profit law firm.'
Wow, I hadn't heard about this. He's more crooked than Michael Cohen, lol.
...but not as crooked as his client


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super70s
2020-02-01 01:13:15 UTC
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Sekulow has been one of Trump's most visible defenders, enduring as a trusted
attorney for the president even as other of his lawyers have been sidelined or
entangled in controversy.
In the impeachment trial, he has sought to present Trump as unfairly hounded by
investigations, seizing on surveillance errors the FBI acknowledged making in
the Russia probe and accusing Democrats of investigating the president over
Ukraine simply because they couldn't bring him down after the Mueller
investigation.
Charity watchdogs for years have raised concerns about the blurred lines between
for-profit businesses tied to Sekulow and the complex web of non-profit entities
he and his family control.
The Associated Press reviewed 10 years of tax returns for the ACLJ and other
charities tied to Sekulow, which are released to the public under federal law.
The records from 2008 to 2017, the most recent year available, show that more
than $65 million in charitable funds were paid to Sekulow, his wife, his sons,
his brother, his sister-in-law, his nephew and corporations they own.
Daniel Borochoff, president of the American Institute of Philanthropy, said
Sekulow appears to be mixing his defense of Trump with his charitable endeavors.
The group has issued a 'Donor Alert' about ACLJ on its CharityWatch website.
'Charities are not supposed to be taking sides in partisan political activities,
such as providing legal services to benefit a politician in an impeachment
trial,' Borochoff said. 'Regulators should investigate whether or not charitable
resources, such as office, labor, equipment, etc., are being wrongly utilized to
benefit Sekulow's for-profit law firm.'
Wow, I hadn't heard about this. He's more crooked than Michael Cohen, lol.
...but not as crooked as his client
Then it turns out Trump's other impeachment lawyer Pat Cipollone was in
the room when Ukrainegate was hatched.

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