In the spring of 2008, the NFL was in crisis. A hard-charging United States senator from Pennsylvania named Arlen Specter had launched an investigation into the Spygate scandal. He tried to determine how many games the New England Patriots’ illegal videotaping operation of opposing coaches’ signals had helped the team win and learn why the NFL, under the orders of commissioner Roger Goodell, had destroyed all evidence of the cheating.
Conversations with the people closest to Arlen Specter — his oldest son, Shanin, a Philadelphia personal injury and medical malpractice attorney, and Charles Robbins, Specter’s trusted longtime communications aide and the ghostwriter of two Specter memoirs — revealed this: The man who dangled campaign cash if Specter were to drop the Spygate inquiry was none other than Donald J. Trump.
Read the full article. Trump reportedly told Specter he was acting on behalf of his longtime pal, Patriots owner Robert Kraft (photo), who later made headlines in a prostitution sting. Trump acolyte Jason Miller is denying the report.
Years after the Spygate scandal, a question lingers: Who dangled campaign cash if US Senator Arlen Specter dropped his investigation of the Patriots?
It was Donald Trump, Specter’s son and ghostwriter now say.
— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) May 26, 2021