Former President Donald Trump loves to get involved in other people’s issues, especially when it’s for a friend. Now there is a report linking Trump to the New England Patriots Spygate scandal. According to the story, Trump got involved on Robert Kraft’s behest.
“But there was one man, a mutual friend of Specter and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who believed that he could make the investigation go away. He was a famous businessman and reality television star who routinely threw money at politicians to try to curry favor, whether it worked or not. He had been a generous political patron of Specter’s for two decades.
One day in early 2008, Specter had dinner with the man in Palm Beach at his palatial club, not far from Kraft’s Florida home. A phone call followed. The friend offered Specter what the senator felt was tantamount to a bribe: “If you laid off the Patriots, there’d be a lot of money in Palm Beach.”
Twitter reacted to the breaking story:
Per Arlen Specter's son, ESPN reports:
"The man who dangled campaign cash if Specter were to drop the Spygate inquiry was none other than Donald J. Trump."
Claims Trump said he was acting at Robert Kraft's behest.
(Kraft and Trump deny involvement.)https://t.co/yrIVKoOePI
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) May 26, 2021
According to Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham of ESPN, Trump met with the late Senator Arlen Specter in 2008 and offered him "money in Palm Beach" if he dropped his investigation into Spygate. Trump was acting on behalf of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
— ~𝓣𝓮𝓷𝓪𝓬𝓲𝓸𝓾𝓼 𝓣𝓮𝓪𝓱~ (@TeahCartel) May 26, 2021
I’m stunned. Robert Kraft doesn’t seem like a man who would offer cash for favors. https://t.co/tGB8eq21Jx
— James Dator (@James_Dator) May 26, 2021
Robert kraft and his little patriots depended on trump https://t.co/NptQndzhct
— Ahmed Chaibi (@ahmedchaibi89) May 26, 2021
It never ends, does it…
“Not only that: Trump had told Specter he was acting on behalf of Robert Kraft.” https://t.co/j98XJDfN2U
— Laffy (@GottaLaff) May 26, 2021
No, not Robert Kraft, the man that police had video of offering money for “massages”, couldn’t be him right? 🙄 https://t.co/iXGF0bAt6V
— Esteban (@Estebandagreat) May 26, 2021
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) May 26, 2021
This is damning.
The son of late Sen. Arlen Specter said Former Guy CONALD intervened to stop the Spygate investigation at New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's behest.
I didn't care much about Spygate as someone who called the Patriots his AFC team, but THIS is a PROBLEM! https://t.co/ffc9HOxlJO
— Mike Sarzo 🏳️🌈🇺🇦 (@mikesarzo) May 26, 2021
If this is true, those 2 SBs we won on these guys makes it so much sweeterhttps://t.co/slxxqORSBx
According to ESPN, Trump was acting on behalf of Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
— M@rco MCMXXVI (@Crim_Ghost) May 26, 2021
Arlen Specter, Robert Kraft, Donald Trump, Spygate, NFL. This story has everything https://t.co/f8xEFNOzvt
— Russ Walker (@russ_walker) May 26, 2021
Spokespeople for Trump and Kraft denied the allegation that either man tried to influence Specter’s investigation.
“This is completely false,” said Jason Miller, a senior adviser to Trump. “We have no idea what you’re talking about.” Miller declined to answer a series of follow-up questions. A Patriots spokesman said Kraft “never asked Donald Trump to talk to Arlen Specter on his behalf.”
“Mr. Kraft is not aware of any involvement of Trump on this topic and he did not have any other engagement with Specter or his staff,” the spokesman said via email.
Despite the denials from Trump and Kraft, Shanin Specter, Arlen Specter’s son, told ESPN that he got the story directly from his father.
“My father told me that Trump was acting as a messenger for Kraft,” Shanin Specter says via ESPN. “But I’m equally sure the reference to money in Palm Beach was campaign contributions, not cash. The offer was Kraft assistance with campaign contributions. … My father said it was Kraft’s offer, not someone else’s.”
Is anyone really surprised?
At this point this is the kind of story you expect Trump to be right in the middle of.
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