Trump’s Lawyer Jay Sekulow Using Trump Admin’s Investigation Of Planned Parenthood To Raise Money For His Right Wing Group: Report
President Donald Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow is reportedly using a Trump administration investigation of Planned Parenthood to raise money for his right wing charity, the American Center For Law and Justice (ACLJ).
The Guardian notes that ACLJ telemarketers are using the following script:
Planned Parenthood is under full investigation by the Department of Justice for aborting babies and selling their body parts… Can I let Jay know you’re standing with him with a gift?
This right wing claim has been long-debunked. Planned Parenthood has legally charged medical researchers for storing and transporting fetal tissue.
The Association of American Medical Colleges and 62 research organizations issued their support of fetal tissue research in 2016.
The Guardian reported in June 2017 how the ACLJ and another Sekulow charity, Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism (CASE), pay millions to Sekulow’s law firm and other Sekulow family businesses.
Jay Sekulow’s son Jordan Sekulow also got into the act by tweeting about Planned Parenthood with a link to the ACLJ website where people can donate and/or join the ACLJ mailing list, where they are asked for money:
It’s time to stand up to #BigAbortion. Send your comments directly to #HHS. Use the @ACLJ’s website to let them know how you feel about defunding #PlannedParenthood. Your voice is crucially important: https://t.co/XsMHupETWh pic.twitter.com/h2D9DFZCik
— Jordan Sekulow (@JordanSekulow) July 26, 2018
Gene Kapp, a spokesman for ACLJ, claimed to The Guardian that Sekulow’s role with Trump was “separate and distinct” from his ACLJ work: “The ACLJ continues to engage the issues that matter most to its members – including pro-life issues.”
Kapp did not deny that the ACLJ is benefiting financially by using Trump administration policies as a sales pitch.
Daniel Borochoff, the president of CharityWatch, questioned Sekulow’s use of an action by Trump’s government to raise money:
It could taint the advice given to the president, if the personal lawyer favours actions that would be more profitable to businesses or organisations from which he or his family profits.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) spokesman Jordan Libowitz added:
It does not look good that the president’s personal attorney is raising money off of the president’s administration’s actions.