Dole’s law firm paid $20,000 a month by Taiwan
Bob Dole arranged the call between Trump and Taiwan.
Public documents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act show the Taiwanese government paid Alston & Bird LLP, a law firm that lists Dole as special counsel, thousands of dollars to lobby for the government’s interests. The firm also helped Taiwanese officials meet with Republican lawmakers in Washington. The details of the contract were first reported by BuzzFeed News.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that Dole helped set up President-elect Donald Trump’s controversial call with the president of Taiwan last week.On Monday, Dole said he “may have had some influence” in setting up the call, which was seen by some political observers to break with tradition of refusing to recognize Taiwan as an independent nation from China. The last call a U.S. president made to a Taiwanese leader was in 1979.