The lawyer who once advised Donald Trump to remove his gay son from the Trump Organization from his company’s tax returns has apologized to the family of the boy and to Trump.
Lawyer Michael Milloy, who once represented Trump and his father, President Donald Trump Jr., said his firm’s ethics team has “been deeply troubled by the conduct of the President’s children and we are deeply saddened by the circumstances.”
“We feel deeply responsible for the conduct that led to the son’s departure from the business, and we offer our sincere apologies to the Milloy family for their pain and distress,” Milloy wrote in a statement.
Milloy said his company is now looking into the issue, which comes at a time when the Trump family is seeking to get the Trump brand back on the public agenda.
The Milloy law firm, which specializes in helping businesses and government entities resolve conflict of interest issues, represented Trump’s family for decades before it agreed to represent the Trump Foundation.
The Trump Foundation is the most successful philanthropic enterprise in U.S. history and is the subject of investigations by the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The family has said the decision to fire Milloy came after the president was found to have violated federal law by accepting more than $25,000 in payments from the family foundation and using the money for personal expenses, such as a hotel in New York City.
The president has said he was unaware of the conflict of interests and has said it is an unfortunate development.