Yesterday on ESPN, a story was published about Donald Trumps alleged involvement in the Spygate scandal that rocked the NFL in 2008 in regards to the New England Patriots spying on other teams before games.
Writers Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. have quotes from Arlen Specter’s son (Shanin) and a communications aide/ghostwriter of his book (Charles Robbins) suggesting that former president Donald Trump acted on behalf of Patriots owner Robert Kraft to buy Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter out of his investigation of Spygate with campaign funds.
The incident occurred back in 2008, long before Trump became president. But a lot of the article focuses on whether or not the act — if proven — could reach the level of attempting to bribe a public official.
Specter ended up dropping the investigation in June 2008. ESPN research shows Trump had donated to the Specter campaign, but three months earlier. And there was never any direct connection made between Kraft or any of his businesses and that money.
Much of the research for the piece was originally done at the University of Pittsburgh Archives & Special Collections.
Credit: Tim Benz of Triblive.com
For information on the developing story, check out the video below.
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