Trump adviser’s business dealings raise questions
The president’s former campaign finance chairman has been arrested in California on federal charges that he used a political consulting firm to funnel more than $500,000 in campaign contributions.
Robert “Buddy” Cagle, who ran Trump’s Florida campaign and was the co-chair of his 2020 presidential bid, was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles.
Cagle, 60, was being held without bond at a Los Angeles police station on charges that include wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Candy Crowley, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, said the agency is aware of the arrest.
She did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
Crowley did not respond to requests for comment on the charges, which were reported by local media.
The FBI is also investigating the possible misuse of campaign funds by Cagle and the political consulting company he co-founded, Trump Victory Consulting LLC, the Times reported on Friday.
Cody Crowley, the spokeswoman for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, does not have a comment on whether the investigation has concluded.
Trump’s former top campaign finance adviser, Sam Clovis, has also been charged.
Clovid is a longtime Republican operative who worked for former Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s presidential campaign.
He is accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations and consulting fees from Clovidis and another firm, Fusion GPS, that was also hired to dig up dirt on then-candidate Hillary Clinton, according to the Times.