Ben Carson's Endorsement of Trump Possibly Violating Law: I Didn’t Want To Endorse Trump, But He Promised Me A Position

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    Mar 15, 2016 9:48 PM GMT
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    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/03/15/3760261/carson-offered-position-by-trump/
    ...the real reason the unsuccessful GOP presidential hopeful endorsed his former rival could be a violation of federal law...

    Carson then said that Trump had promised him a role in his administration, “certainly in an advisory capacity.” Asked by NewsMax’s Steve Malzberg whether this meant a cabinet position, Carson declined to “reveal any details about it right now, because all of this is still very liquid.”

    Federal law expressly prohibits candidates from directly or indirectly promising “the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy.” The penalty for violations could include fines or a year in jail — two years if the violation was willful.

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    Mar 16, 2016 12:29 AM GMT
    Poor dim Ben Carson... too dumb to know when to keep his mouth shut.
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    Mar 16, 2016 1:03 AM GMT
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    Mar 17, 2016 4:22 PM GMT
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/599
    18 U.S. Code § 599 - Promise of appointment by candidate

    Whoever, being a candidate, directly or indirectly promises or pledges the appointment, or the use of his influence or support for the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.


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