Watchdog group alleges Trump illegally promised position to Carson

A political accountability group backed by Hillary Clinton supporters this week filed a complaint to the Justice Department alleging that Donald Trump illegally promised Ben Carson a position in his administration in exchange for his endorsement, according to a document provided to POLITICO on Thursday.”It has recently come to light that Mr. Donald Trump may have willfully offered Dr. Ben Carson an appointment to his administration should he become president in return for supporting his candidacy in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 599,” wrote Brad Woodhouse, the head of the David Brock-backed American Democracy Legal Fund. The letter is dated March 29 and addressed to Raymond Hulser, the head of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section.”ADLF respectfully requests that you investigate this matter and take all appropriate action as soon as possible,” the letter says.The complaint focuses on comments that Carson made in an interview with Newsmax TV on March 14, three days after the Trump campaign rolled out the endorsement of the retired neurosurgeon in Florida. Carson was vague when asked about what he and Trump had discussed the day before the endorsement. In the interview with Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg, Carson said Trump would “surround himself with very good people.”

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