Lawyer: FBI, NJ AG Looking Into Potential Immigration Crimes At Trump Golf Club

A man cooks in an outdoor kitchen at the Trump National Golf Club August 9, 2018 in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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FBI agents and investigators with the New Jersey attorney general’s office are looking into potential immigration violations at President Donald Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, a lawyer for current and former employees of the club told the New York Daily News and The Washington Post over the weekend.

The lawyer, Anibal Romero, represents several current and former Bedminster employees including Victorina Morales and Sandra Diaz, who came forward in the New York Times recently as having been hired by Trump’s club despite being undocumented. Diaz, who now has legal status in the United States, is no longer employed by the club. Morales is still employed at Bedminster but has stopped going to work, the Daily News reported.

Romero told the Daily News he’d handed over fraudulent green cards and Social Security numbers — which he says were procured for his clients by Bedminster supervisors — to investigators from the New Jersey attorney general’s office, and that he’d met with FBI agents in New Jersey after initially reaching out to special counsel Robert Mueller. Romero told the Post he met with the investigators in November.

An FBI agent who’d reached out to him, Romero told the Daily News, “said to me that he had received a referral from Robert Mueller’s office and that he already knew the specifics and that he wanted to meet with me in person.” 

Mueller’s office, Romero said, had told him the potential immigration violations were not within its jurisdiction. The agents the lawyer did ultimately meet with said they would coordinate with the New Jersey attorney general’s office, Romero said.

“We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money,” Morales told the Times when she came forward as an undocumented Trump employee early last month. “We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation.”

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