The Three Self-Dealers: Another Unholy
Trinity Formed Around Trump?
President Trump solidified his ties to the Christian Right by appointing Jay Sekulow as his lawyer to handle the Trump-Russia-Collusion-Obstruction problem. Came highly recommended from the likes of Pat Robertson. And for several reasons:
1. Sekulow is chief attorney for the ACLJ - the Christian Right legal defense team founded by Pat Robertson
3. Sekulow is just as corrupt as both Robertson and Trump (primarily in his self-dealings and family-filled "non-profits") and and is just as much of a showman.
Since 2013, CASE [Sekulow's Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism] has forwarded $500,000 each year to a small charity called the Law and Justice Institute that has no employees and relies almost exclusively on CASE for its revenue,tax filings show. Sekulow is president of the Law and Justice Institute. The Law and Justice Institute, in turn, has paid $500,000 each year to Advocacy Services. Robertson is president of that firm, according to Virginia state records. Robertson's spokesman did not address written questions about the payments from The Post. [emphasis mine]
And he's as bombastic and tenacious towards his enemies as Trump is:
First, Sekulow is at home in the spotlight. He hosts a daily radio show that airs nationally and online. He has been a regular contributor and on-air guest at Fox News. And his bombastic personality has stood out to several other attorneys in the Christian legal movement -- asking to remain anonymous, one lawyer told me Sekulow "spends an inordinate amount of time tooting his own horn." Judging by his past, appearing on various Sunday morning shows to defend Trump is a natural act for Sekulow.
Sekulow getting out of all of this? It's possible Trump may not pay Sekulow: he
has a history of not paying legal fees (unless they're paid by the Trump
Foundation). In fact, one of his former legal teams has liens against his
properties.* It's possible that Sekulow - ever the media hound - has an agenda
involving power over the media.
Trump is certainly no stranger to self-dealing and eager to appease the Christian Right via Pat Robertson, so again, Sekulow is a perfect match. Robertson has also defended Trump:
Lest there be any doubt that Christian televangelist Pat Robertson supports President Donald Trump, the longtime host of the 700 Club declared that God put Trump "in this office.""He's God's man for the job," Robertson said this week, as Right Wing Watch reported.
Pat Robertson was really angry with FBI Director James Comey, this morning: "Once again that clown that is in charge of whatever you call those people, FBI, is in charge of the headlines."