After the contract was awarded, an anonymous competitor lodged a complaint with the Inspector General's Office of the Department of Justice claiming that CertiPath had not said that "one of the president's next living relatives could benefit financially from the transaction" , According to a copy of the complaint letter from the Washington Post on July 22.
"The circumstances surrounding this award and CertiPath's efforts to cover up Robert Trump's financial interest in the company, even though it trades under the Trump name, give the impression of preferential treatment for those who are close by President, "said the complaint filed by Venable, a law firm in Washington, on behalf of the client.
Dismas N. Locaria, a Venise lawyer who signed the complaint letter, declined to divulge his client's name
A telephone message left by Robert Trump about Trump Management, of which he is the president, became not returned.
CertiPath President and Founder Jeff Nigriny said in a statement that Robert Trump is "an investor in a company holding a minority stake in Certipath" and that "he is exclusively a passive investor, has no management function, no executive officer or board member and his name was not used or mentioned by Certipath in any solic. Nigriny said the company was not aware of the complaint lodged with the Inspector General of the Ministry of Justice.
The company specializes in digital security and online identity verification.
"Certipath has never used the name Trump in any way, and that would completely contradict our business practices and ethics," added Nigriny. [1
9659002] No money has been paid while the contract was awarded. That's because a second company, NMR Consulting of Chantilly, Virginia, also lodged a complaint with the Government Accountability Office on July 1.
This protest led to a "work stoppage" of the contract, said Drew Wade, a spokesman for the US Marshal Service.
"There will be no money spent on CertiPath until this issue is resolved," said Wade.
Wade added that the US Marshal Service had no knowledge of allegations that a member of the President's family had a financial interest in CertiPath, nor of the complaint to the Inspector General.
The NMR complaint is a separate issue and "has nothing to do with the president or his relationships," said Wade.
NMR did not respond to calls and emails looking for comments.
The Inspector General did not initiate a review of the matter, according to a public listing of her marshaling missions. A spokeswoman for the Inspector General refused to comment.
Robert Trump, who has been seen regularly in New York social circles, has spent most of his final years in the limelight. Robert Trump endured Donald Trump's wrath at a meeting with Bear Stearns bankers about the Trump Taj Mahal Casino.
After a comment that Donald Trump did not like, Trump got up and pointed his finger at Robert's face, saying angrily, "You're talking when I tell you to talk!" "It is said in James D. Zirin's book" Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3500 Lawsuits. "
Robert Trump has been a regular contributor to Republican candidates and state committees over the years, including a $ 100,000 donation to the Trump Victory Political Action Committee in 2016, according to the Federal Election Commission.
not, "he told the New York Post this year.
Robert Trump, who is reportedly living in New York's Dutchess County, is also president of Trump Management, a company listed on the financial information form of President Trump.
The two brothers seem to have financial problems through this company. Relationship: The company is 25 percent owned by the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust, a trust fund owned by the president from which Trump can withdraw money at any time. The remaining 75 percent of Trump's management is owned by the "Trump Family Members," as evidenced by the President's financial disclosure form.
Robert Trump has also invested in other companies outside real estate. He is a board member of ZeniMax Media, a video game manufacturer based in Rockville, Maryland.
Robert Trump's investment in CertiPath is through SHiRT LLC, an equity partnership that includes the younger Trump and CertiPath's directors. Shawn R. Hughes. The CertiPath website mentions in Hughes' biography that he is the managing partner of SHiRT LLC. There is no indication of the percentage involvement of Robert Trump.
In 2013, CertiPath was acquired by two companies. One of them was SHiRT LLC, according to a press release from CertiPath in October of the same year.
Since then, CertiPath has received US $ 13 million worth of US Government contracts, of which more than US $ 6 million has been paid since Trump took office. According to an analysis of data from the Federal Procurement Data System.
The contract announced by CertiPath on June 25th, however, appears to be the company's largest order so far: a "hotly-coveted contract," as the company said in its announcement of the time, to "physical access control systems" for the US Marshal Service upgrade and manage, including judge chambers, courtrooms, cell blocks and shooting ranges.
"Our decade-long strategy is being validated," Nigriny said in a statement at the time.
However, the award was quickly challenged by other bidders.
The lawyer Locaria has since the letter in July to the Inspector General forwarded, but this has not yet received an answer. He said that his client's motivation is "to shed light on whether this is appropriate".
Apart from the potential conflict of interest, the letter of complaint also states that CertiPath should not have won the contract because of the company's experience.
"CertiPath, which primarily provides information technology products related to digital identification, does not appear to have the basic program management capabilities and experience required to provide physical security."
Nigriny denied this and said that we believe the "technical capabilities and history of the company to be more than adequate to function in an exemplary manner under the contract."
Steven Rich, Devlin Barrett, Alice Crites and David A Fahrenthold contributed to this report.