Trump has a new self-inflicted problem that he has to deal with. He either lied in court in a provable way, committing perjury, or he lied to the entire nation during a presidential debate.
Jeb Bush accused Trump of attempting to bribe him, while Jeb was governor of Florida, in order to get casino gambling OK’d in the state. Trump immediately fired back insisting that he didn’t before Jeb’s speaking time was up.
Trump interrupted Bush:
Trump: I didn’t—
Bush: Yes, you did.
Trump: Totally false.
Bush: You wanted it, and you didn’t get it, because I was opposed to—
Trump: I would have gotten it.
Bush: Casino gambling before—
Trump: I promise, I would have gotten it.
Bush: During and after. I’m not going to be bought by anybody.
Trump: I promise, if I wanted it, I would have gotten it.
Bush: No way. Believe me.
Trump: I know my people.
Bush: Not even possible.
Trump: I know my people.
The problem comes from a 2007 court deposition that Trump gave when he tried to sue Richard Fields, who Donald had hired to manage the expansion of Trump’s casino business in Florida. In the suit, Trump claimed that Fields took what was implied to be proprietary information that was developed during his time working for Trump to another casino company. Trump testified under oath that he wanted to get into casino gambling in Florida, but Field’s act sabotaged him.
A lawyer asked him “Did you yourself do anything to obtain any of the details with respect to the Florida gaming environment, what approvals were needed and so forth?”
Trump’s response is what proves he lied:
Trump: A little bit.
Lawyer: What did you do?
Trump: I actually spoke with Governor-Elect Bush; I had a big fundraiser for Governor-Elect Bush…and I think it was his most successful fundraiser, the most successful that he had had up until that point, that was in Trump Tower in New York on Fifth Avenue.
Lawyer: When was that?
Trump: Sometime prior to his election.
Lawyer: You knew that Governor Bush, Jeb Bush at that time, was opposed to expansion of gaming in Florida, didn’t you?
Trump: I thought that he could be convinced otherwise.
Lawyer: But you didn’t change his mind about his anti-gaming stance, did you?
Trump: Well, I never really had that much of an opportunity because Fields resigned, telling me you could never get what we wanted done, only to do it for another company.
Donald either lied to everyone that watched the Republican debates, or he lied in court and committed perjury. Which will it turn out to be?
This is a perfect example of the walking fraud that the entire Trump family embodies. He either lied on stage or lied in court. Either way, Donald doesn’t think the rules apply to him. One thing’s for certain — a habitual liar, thief, and fraudster like Trump has no business anywhere on the other side of the White House fence.
Featured image via CBS Miami