Trump Surrogate Lashes Out At Wash. Post's Fahrenthold For His Reporting On The Trump Foundation

Boris Epshteyn: David Fahrenthold Is A “Joke” And “Not Really A Reporter, He's Pretty Much A Clinton Surrogate At This Point”

From the September 27 edition of MSNBC's The Place for Politics

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BORIS EPSHTEYN: David Fahrenthold's a joke. He's been working on this for six months, and he has absolutely no facts to back anything up. 

HALLIE JACKSON (HOST): But you, yourself, I think acknowledged this Comedy Central, for example, the donation that was made to the Trump Foundation --

EPSHTEYN: There was no issue there. There was no -- Comedy Central paid Trump Productions. Trump Productions paid income tax, and then Trump Productions donated the money to the foundation. Here's the key. We are talking about here money that's gone into Mr. Trump's foundation, and the money that's gone to great causes, causes like the Police Athletic League, Susan G. Komen Foundation -- by the way, the helmet he's talking about -- by the way, I've been to Donald Trump's office. He's got helmets from here to Timbuktu. He doesn't need to buy Tim Tebow's helmet. That was at a charity auction. So Mr. Trump went to a charity auction, the money went from a foundation to a charity. 

JACKSON: But there are questions about the Tim Tebow helmet issue, Boris. There are questions about whether he crossed the line with some of these purchases, ethically and legally. So I want to know what specifically is inaccurate about this reporting? This reporting that is backed up with documents that your campaign has seen. 

EPSHTEYN: What's inaccurate is that he's reaching. He just said, “it could be improper.” That's like me saying, “Hallie, I know you didn't commit murder, but if you did somehow, it'd be a problem.” Mr. Fahrenthold doesn’t have one example of any issue.

JACKSON: That's not a similar analogy though. 

EPSHTEYN: Let me finish. On the helmet, on the painting, there are IRS rules which specifically state that when a foundation has an item, an individual can store those items on behalf of the foundation in order to help it with storage costs.

JACKSON: So is he storing the items? Is that what he's been saying?

EPSHTEYN: They're storage costs, and that's absolutely proper. Again, everything Mr. Trump has done is within all applicable rules and regulations, in accordance with his business, and in relation to the foundation. And Mr. Fahrenthold, again, had not one example of any issue. And he said it “could be an issue.” 

JACKSON: Let me just clarify one point though, Boris, before we move on. So the portrait that is hanging of him at his golf club in Southern Florida, you're telling me that that is storage for Mr. Trump?

EPSHTEYN: Right. Of course, he's doing a good thing for his foundation --

JACKSON: He's not displaying it?

EPSHTEYN: His foundation does not have overhead, it doesn't have paid board members -- paid family board members like the Clinton Foundation does. And again, this is -- we all know that The Washington Post editors told Mr. Fahrenthold to look into this, because this is a promulgated attack by the left, by the left, by the left against Donald Trump -- 

JACKSON: I would push back on that allegation. Mr. Fahrenthold is a reporter, as you are aware. 

EPSHTEYN: Well, he's not really a reporter, he's pretty much a Clinton surrogate at this point because he has no facts. He alleges things in his writings, but they're always debunked. 

JACKSON: But again, we're talking about specifics here, Boris.


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