Trump’s Company Picks GOP Lawyer, Own Attorney for Ethics Team
President Donald Trump’s company has hired a longtime Republican lawyer and promoted one of its own attorneys as part of its plan to address the president’s potential conflicts of interest.
Bobby Burchfield, a partner in the Washington office of King & Spalding who represented George W. Bush in the 2000 Florida recount, will be independent ethics adviser. He’ll be responsible for signing off on transactions that could raise ethics or conflicts of interest concerns.
Burchfield also challenged the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Law on behalf of the Republican National Committee and was general counsel to George H.W. Bush’s 1992 reelection campaign. Burchfield is chairman of Crossroads GPS, the secret-money Republican advocacy group started by Karl Rove.
In addition, George Sorial, a lawyer for the Trump Organization since 2007, will become chief compliance counsel. Sorial’s work for Trump included his for-profit education company, Trump University, that recently paid $25 million to settle fraud accusations. Sorial threatened to sue the Better Business Bureau over its C- rating, court records showed.