Former NYPD commander claims Trump got special treatment for gun licenses

Former NYPD commander claims Trump got special treatment for gun licenses
© Greg Nash

A former New York Police Department commander claimed in a court filing Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE and his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report MORE, were among celebrities who got special treatment for gun licenses without having proper credentials, the Associated Press reported.

A lawyer for former NYPD Lt. Paul Dean filed the papers, according to the AP. Dean is seeking leniency after he pled guilty in August to conspiracy to bribe licensing officers.


Abe George, the attorney, alleged that celebrities, including Trump and his son, as well as Fox News's Sean Hannity, received licenses without normal vetting. George also alleged in the filing that Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, got a gun license without proper credentials.

The filings did not suggest that anyone who received such licenses did anything wrong or were aware of the alleged bribes, according to the AP.

The White House did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment. Representatives for Trump Jr. did not return the AP's request for comment immediately.

The NYPD told the outlet that the information given by Dean after he was arrested on corruption charges was thoroughly investigated by the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau, the FBI’s Public Corruption Unit and was overseen by federal prosecutors.

Authorities, according to the AP, said in a statement that they “found no basis to charge any other individual.”

In a statement to the AP, a spokesperson for Hannity said the Fox News host has had his permit for most of his working years at the network. He joined Fox News in 1996.

“He has followed every legal and proper procedure for his original application and numerous subsequent renewals,” the statement said.

Dean signed a plea agreement with prosecutors that recommends a sentence of between 18 and 24 months in prison. He is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 31.