House Democrats on Monday accused three Donald Trump associates — including billionaire Marvel Entertainment Chairman Ike Perlmutter — of breaking the law as they used their connection to the former president’s private golf club to shape veterans’ policies for their own benefit.
Perlmutter, attorney Marc Sherman and doctor Bruce Moskowitz — known as the “Mar-a-Lago Trio” — refused to comply with a federal transparency law while secretly influencing the Department of Veterans Affairs during the Trump administration, two Democratic committee chairs said in a press release.
Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, were aware of those efforts, the Democrats alleged, citing newly released documents that include emails from Ivanka’s personal account.
Via press release from Rep. Carolyn Maloney:
Our joint investigation found that Ike Perlmutter, Marc Sherman, and Dr. Bruce Moskowitz, bolstered by their connection to President Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago club, violated the law and sought to exert improper influence over government officials to further their own personal interests.
The documents we are releasing today shed light on the secret role the Trio played in developing VA initiatives and programs, including a ‘hugely profitable’ plan to monetize veterans’ medical records.
The Committees’ investigation demonstrates the need for Congress to pass the Federal Advisory Committee Transparency Act, which would ensure the American people know who is providing advice to federal policymakers and would require agencies to disclose whether individuals on advisory committees have conflicts of interest.
BREAKING: donald, ivanka, jared, and the 3 mar-a-lago doctors tried to sell veterans’ health record data to Apple and Google to “generate millions in revenue” according to emails. @TheJusticeDept please prosecute under FACA. https://t.co/CtIVxhh9kg
— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) September 28, 2021
“The documents we are releasing today shed light on the secret role the Trio played in developing VA initiatives and programs, including a ‘hugely profitable’ plan to monetize veterans’ medical records,” Maloney and Takano said. https://t.co/vmdafhZ1Qz
— Lou Fiorentino (@louis2nd) September 27, 2021