Our Recent Reporting on Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

Sunlight’s “Conflicts of Interest” blog keeps you current on developments in the Trump emoluments cases, instances of potential Trump Family conflicts noted in the news, and great reporting on the topic by journalists around the world — including original Sunlight investigations.

This Week in Conflicts: New York Attorney General sues Trump Foundation, Congress asks for more power on emoluments (6/14/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, the New York State Attorney General is suing the Trump Foundation, the latest on two emoluments lawsuits against President Donald Trump, and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are making millions while working as "unpaid advisors".
This Week in Conflicts: A possible deal for ZTE, Pruitt talks Chick-fil-A for his wife, plus Kushner’s dad on the meeting with Qatar (6/8/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, the U.S. Department of Commerce is working with Chinese telecommunication company ZTE on a billion-dollar deal, emails show Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt inquired about a Chick-fil-A franchise for his wife, and Jared Kushner’s father, Charles, says his meeting with Qatari finance minister was “wrong.”
This Week in Conflicts: New trademarks in China and a call for investigation, plus a Kushner company seeks investment from a Saudi-backed fund (5/31/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, received new trademarks from China for her collection of businesses, Democratic lawmakers are asking for an ethics investigation into the president’s ties to China and Jared Kushner’s tech company is asking for money from a Saudi-backed fund.
This Week in Conflicts: “Lobbying” gets more literal, a Qatari-backed bailout for Kushner, and what you might have missed in the president’s financial disclosure (5/23/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, a breakdown of who is spending money at President Donald Trump’s Washington D.C. hotel, a possible bailout for Kushner Companies from a Canadian firm with ties to Qatar, and more details from President Trump’s most recent financial disclosure reveal how his businesses are doing.
This Week in Conflicts: Trump’s financial disclosures and odd support for ZTE — followed by a Chinese-backed theme park (5/17/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, President Donald Trump files his financial disclosures, a Trump Organization construction partner struck a deal with a Chinese state-owned construction company to build a theme park next to planned Trump properties—just as the president publicly shared his mission to help bring jobs back to China, and a watchdog group filed an ethics complaint Read More
This Week in Conflicts: Payments to Cohen, Qatar buys an apartment in Trump Tower, and more political spending at Mar-a-Lago (5/10/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, new information surfaces about payments made to President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, Qatar purchases a $6.5 million apartment in New York’s Trump Tower, and a look at how much money is being spent by political insiders at President Trump’s private club in South Florida.
This Week in Conflicts: Vietnam, encouraging lobbying, and what happens if Mueller or Rosenstein are fired (5/3/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, a look at how a call to Vietnam from President-elect Donald Trump originated, the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau tells the banking industry to lobby lawmakers and thousands are preparing to protest if President Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller or Rod Rosenstein.
This Week in Conflicts: A shady Kushner loan, a check for Treasury, and an emolumental Philippines party at Trump’s DC (4/23/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, new details emerged showing Jared Kushner’s business ties to Citigroup and Apollo Management are “more extensive than initially reported,” the U.S. government released a copy of a check the Trump Organization sent to the U.S. Treasury Department, and the government of the Philippines is planning to host a party President Donald Trump’s Washington Read More
Congress should ensure the investigation of the Special Counsel is protected (4/17/2018) by Sunlight Foundation - Today, the Sunlight Foundation endorsed the Special Counsel Transparency Act to preserve evidence and recommendations that result from Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s investigation, should President Donald J. Trump fire him.
This Week in Conflicts: Panamanian problems, What isn’t staying in Vegas, a Ukrainian connection, and Bolton’s SuperPAC (4/13/2018) by Lynn Walsh - This week, lawyers for the Trump Organization asked the Panamanian president to intervene and help the company as they battle over the former Trump-branded hotel in the country, Trump’s Las Vegas Hotel has limits on hiring family, and questions surround the new national security adviser’s political donation organizations.