The decay of the bloated monstrosity known as the Republican Party has been going on for decades but under Donald Trump it has accelerated at a frankly staggering rate. The GOP has become completely rotted to its core with flagrant corruption and criminality, overseen by a president who only cares about aggrandizing and enriching himself and his family. There is no moral accountability being enforced at any level and as such the GOP is stooping to new levels of blatant depravity.
Now, another major Republican has found himself deeply embroiled in scandal. The Hill reports that the Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, Robin Hayes, has been indicted by a grand jury on bribery charges. Businessman and political donor Greg Lindberg has also been charged, along with his two associates John Gray and John Palermo.
According to the newly unsealed indictment, the men tried to abuse independent expenditure accounts as well as millions of dollars in improper campaign donations to convince North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey to use his position to help out Lindberg’s business. The indicted men’s goals included getting Causey to fire his Senior Deputy Commissioner.
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Causey has not been indicted and was, in fact, the person who reported the attempted bribery to federal law enforcement. His cooperation led directly to these new indictments.
Hayes is also accused of lying to the FBI about his part in the bribery plot, specifically denying that he funneled Lindberg’s donations to the North Carolina Republican Party to Causey’s reelection campaign coffers.
Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the DOJ’s Criminal Division Brian Benczkowski released a statement on the scandal:
“Bribery of public officials at any level of government undermines confidence in our political system, The Criminal Division will use all the tools at our disposal – including the assistance of law-abiding public officials – to relentlessly investigate and prosecute corruption wherever we find it.”
While it’s still too early to tell how these criminal proceedings will shake out, the story is yet another black eye for a party that seems increasingly incapable of obeying the law. Not even the highest ranking Republican officials can be trusted. The GOP needs to either undergo a radical transformation in how it conducts itself, or it will wither away in the onslaught of endless scandals.