Another day has arrived and that means another member of President Donald Trump’s administration is on the firing line for having possibly broken the law. Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency is facing fierce scrutiny over the manner in which he used government funds, particularly regarding the money which was seized during criminal investigations.
Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu is one of Trump’s favorite people, and is a known figurehead on political talk news programs. While leading the Arizona Public Safety Foundation Babeu received funds which were seized by other law enforcement agencies, and questions are being asked about how he spent those funds. Babeu is a curious figure, as he was outed as a homosexual by the media and the story only grew stranger from there. According to AOL.com:
As Babeu was exploring a run for Congress, the Phoenix New Times broke a story that the then-sheriff had been involved in a sexual relationship with a man named Jose Orozco. The two met on a gay dating site in 2006 and began a years-long relationship. In the middle of their lengthy affair, Orozco caught Babeu using a different dating site under the handle “studboi1.” As if a tough-talking conservative sheriff being outed as gay wasn’t shocking enough for voters in rural Pinal County, Orozco also happened to be in the country illegally and claimed that Babeu threatened him with deportation if he ever revealed their relationship publicly.
Trump certainly does choose to surround himself with some interesting individuals. However, with Babeu’s appointment one cannot say that Trump is flatly against working with members of the LGBTQ community either.