Republican presidential candidate Donald Trumphas made a lot of out-there statements during his campaign, almost all of of which have been heavily scrutinized. However, there’s one in particular that’s raised the ire of long-time Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman, to the point that he sent Attorney General Loretta Lynch a letter (PDF) requesting that they investigate Trump for political corruption. Burkman is concerned with Trump’s tendency to brag that anyone he’s donated to is at his beck and call. For example, there was this exchange during CNN’s Republican debate on August 6th of last year (emphasis ours):
Q: You’ve also supported a host of other liberal policies, you’ve also donated to several Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton included, Nancy Pelosi. You explained away those donations saying you did that to get business related favors. And you said recently, quote, when you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.
TRUMP: You better believe it… I will tell you that our system is broken. I gave to many people. Before this, before two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And you know what? When I need something from them, two years later, three years later, I call them. They are there for me. And that’s a broken system.
Q: So what did you get from Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi?
TRUMP: I’ll tell you what. With Hillary Clinton, I said, be at my wedding and she came to my wedding. You know why? She had no choice! Because I gave.
“I’m a lobbyist, and a conservative Republican lobbyist, and I know this world very well,” Burkman explained to LawNewz. “What really kind of gripes me is [this]: Lobbyists today are heavily regulated. We’re like public utilities, […] and we go to great lengths to follow the rules and be squeaky clean because we have to. And then you have a guy like Trump, who comes along and [not only] breaks the rules, but boasts about breaking the rules. These aren’t allegations or suppositions: Just look at Trump’s own statements. He’s admitted more than 100 times to quid pro quo.”