Has Trump Violated Federal Law?


By Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.15.2016

Steve Malzberg with NewsMax recently interviewed Ben Carson, and the good doctor let something slip.  Hear the interview here.

The most important part of the interview is the following:

DR. BEN CARSON: I do believe, and certainly in my discussions with Donald Trump, he does love America and he does want to be successful. And, he will surround himself with very good people.

NEWSMAX’S STEVE MALZBERG: And will one of them be Dr. Ben Carson?

CARESON: I will be doing things as well, yeah.

MALZBERT: In the administration.

CARSON: Certainly in an advisory capacity.

MALZBERG: That’s been determined? You’ve, when you sat down with him that was discussed?


This is where the proverbial screeching brakes sound should be hitting your mind, and audio double-take of sorts.  Did he say what I think I just heard him say?  Surely not.

Yes, indeed he did.  Ben Carson just plainly laid out a violation of federal law by Donald Trump, to wit 18 U.S. Code § 599 – Promise of appointment by candidate.  The statute reads as follows:

Whoever, being a candidate, directly or indirectly promises or pledges the appointment, or the use of his influence or support for the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

Carson was clear that he had a preference to support other candidates, though he didn’t say who.  He was himself a candidate.  Instead, he throws his endorsement to Donald Trump.

For endorsing Trump, Carson will receive at minimum a position with Trump’s possible administration in an “advisory capacity” or perhaps an appointed position.

The Department of Justice should launch an immediate investigation into the possibly willful violation of 18 U.S. Code § 599 by Donald Trump.

One must wonder if there is perhaps an intentional strategy here.  Carson certainly didn’t sound like an ecstatic Trump supporter in this interview.  He sounded plainly burdened and seemed to in tone and words to some extent, calling Trump a “showman”, join the chorus of other GOP candidates.

Carson committed no crime as the person offered the position, if an investigation yields such was done.  Is there an intent to topple Trump?  It’s a bit too conspiratorial for the rational mind, but the GOP has been anything but rational in the past year.