Trump adviser Jason Miller hid earnings and misled court docket to keep away from paying baby help: report
Trump adviser Jason Miller signed a “secret contract” to hide his $ 500,000 income from a Washington public relations firm in a maintenance case and claimed in court that he couldn’t pay because he lost his job, like Evidence from The Guardian records.
The confidential records of Teneo, the company that employed Miller, confirm previous reports by Salons Roger Sollenberger that Miller hid his income in Teneo and elsewhere in a bitter maintenance dispute with former Trump election worker AJ Delgado, who was out of an extramarital affair in the Born in 2016, Salon reported last year that Teneo had publicly severed ties with Miller, who continues to serve as Trump’s spokesman, but continued to pay him through an LLC despite Miller claiming in court records that he could not make the payments ordered by the court because he is unemployed. The Trump campaign paid for Miller through a similar arrangement after Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner personally signed the deal. This enabled Miller to reduce his child support payments to just $ 500 per month, despite reporting income of up to $ 99,000 per month.
Records verified by The Guardian confirmed that Miller’s departure from the company was a “fraud”. On the same day that he signed a formal “Separation Agreement and General Release” in June 2019, he signed a new contract with the company to act as a consultant to a “hastily formed LLC” with the same base salary of $ 500,000 that he had previously earned as the company’s managing editor.
The move allowed the firm, which works largely with Democrats, to hide Miller’s involvement after recording a series of mundane attacks against House Justice Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, DN.Y., while the company attempted to crack down on the Get in touch with Trump administration. It also allowed Miller to claim in Florida court documents that he was unemployed when he tried to “reduce and change” his child support payments.
Miller repeatedly made false statements under oath, according to records, claiming he could no longer travel to Florida to attend the hearings on the case and calling for postponements citing a “major financial setback”. But Miller didn’t miss a “single paycheck” from Teneo and even received an additional $ 90,000 in severance pay, despite the fact that he started his new position the next day, according to the report.
“When my employee-employer relationship with Teneo was severed, I faced the loss of … income due to lost bonuses and benefits,” Miller said in a statement to The Guardian. “This financial setback has severely reduced my income.”
He denied misleading the court, arguing that he “paid a total of over US $ 100,000 in temporary child allowance that supports the entire household, although I am under no obligation to support his mother.”
“I take my parental responsibility seriously,” he told the outlet.
However, records show that three days after he signed a contract with Teneo to continue receiving $ 500,000 a year, he made an affidavit claiming he had “made a major change in financial circumstances.”
“Under penalty of perjury, I declare that I have read the aforementioned examined application to reduce and change the temporary child benefit and that the facts stated therein are true,” the statement said.
In July 2019, he filed another affidavit claiming he “did not have the financial ability to meet.” [his] Child benefit “.
Miller repeatedly cited newspaper reports citing his alleged breakup with Teneo as evidence of his financial situation.
“The petitioner’s unemployment is well known,” he wrote on a file.
Salon previously reported that Miller had also withheld his income from the Trump campaign. Miller didn’t receive any direct payments from the campaign, despite serving as the most visible advisor, but Trump’s 2020 campaign instead paid tens of thousands to Jamestown Associates, a New Jersey media company that lists Miller as an executive and partner. It also hid revenue from nonprofits founded by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. Miller received about $ 20,000 a month from citizens of the American Republic, which has been linked to an alleged money laundering system in which Miller co-hosted a podcast with Bannon.
Miller also received payments from a consulting firm co-founded by former White House official Justin Clark and former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien.
The payments for the Trump campaign have set red flags. Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform program at the Campaign Legal Center, told Salon last year that these revelations showed that the Trump campaign “had hidden millions of dollars in payments to staff and suppliers by dividing the money through senior-created or managed LLCs.” Trump was headed by campaign officials. “
The CLC filed a Federal Election Commission complaint last year accusing the campaign of illegally hiding payments from Shell companies of at least $ 170 million, including payments to Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump , and Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle.
“This system is illegal,” Fischer told Salon, describing the reported payments as “a well-coordinated system designed to undermine laws and transparency requirements.”