Donald Trump has admitted to "self-dealing" in tax documents for his charitable foundation. Self-dealing, which is illegal, means that he used tax-free funds from his charity to benefit himself. It also means that he did this knowingly since his signature is required on these documents:
In one section of the form, the IRS asked if the Trump Foundation had transferred “income or assets to a disqualified person.” A disqualified person, in this context, might be Trump — the foundation’s president — or a member of his family or a Trump-owned business.The foundation checked “yes.” ...
Another line on the form asked if the Trump Foundation had engaged in any acts of self-dealing in prior years. The Trump Foundation checked “yes” again.
The tax documents were uploaded to the nonprofit-tracking site GuideStar for 2015. A GuideStar spokesperson confirmed that the Trump Foundation's law firm, Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, were respopnsible for the upload. As of this writing, the Post has not been able to confirm whether or not these documents are the same documents received by the IRS.
David Fahrenthold, who has done extensive in-depth investigations into Donald Trump's (lack of) charitable giving and foundation, commented that items purchased before 2015, but not recorded in previous tax disclosures, magically appeared on the tax forms:
These tax documents also included foundation payouts to the rightwing media "watchdog" group Media Research Center which extensively attacked media coverage of Donald Trump during his campaign. There were several donations to rightwing groups, including $10,000 dollars to the group Project Veritas which later produced videos that may have harmed Democrats.
There was also a $150,000 dollar donation to the foundation by a Ukrainian steel magnate for a speech while Donald Trump was a candidate. Pinchuck's foundation says that the gift was part of an arrangement for Donald Trump to speak via video link at a conference called the Yalta European Strategy annual meeting. Trump's speech was titled "How New Ukraine’s Fate Affects Europe and the World.":
Pinchuk, who supports closer ties between Ukraine and Western nations, had also pledged large donations to the foundation of Trump’s presidential opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Those donations, pledged to the Clinton Foundation while Clinton was secretary of state, raised questions about whether she had conflicts of interest when she met with her family foundation’s donors.
This leaves us with more questions than it does answers and we won't know who else has been "donating" (read: bribing) to Trump until after he's in office. That is, unless someone in Trump's organization has the courage to answer Farenthold's reasonable questions:
Considering the frantic hysteria the media experienced over the "appearance" of corruption within the Clinton Foundation, it's curious how little effort they've spent investigating the very obvious corruption within Trump's. Their unwillingness to dig deeper is not a good sign that they're going to hold Trump's administration accountable in any way whatsoever.