The University of Florida's student body president is facing calls for impeachment after paying Donald Trump Jr. $50,000 in student tuition fees to speak on campus.
Five student government senators allege president Michael Murphy abused his power when he brought Trump Jr. to campus for a speaking engagement last month. The impeachment resolution was first obtained by the Tampa Bay Times.
The senators argue that the university's student government policies prohibit using tuition funds "in support of or against a political party at any level," according to the resolution.
"Mr. Murphy not only endangered students marginalized by the speakers' white nationalist supporters," the resolution says, "but also abused his power to advance a particular political party at the expense of the students he should represent."
Murphy did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's request for comment.
The event, which drew hundreds of protesters, was framed by Murphy and event organizers to attendees as a non-political speaking engagement.
At the Oct. 10 event, Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, discussed immigration and unemployment rates, according to The Washington Post, which reported the event "had the atmosphere of a (President) Trump campaign rally."
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A month before Trump Jr.'s talk, the Independent Florida Alligator – the University of Florida's student newspaper – published email exchanges between Murphy and Caroline Wren, the national financial consultant for President Trump's 2020 reelection committee, Trump Victory.
In the emails, Wren inquired about a speaking engagement for Trump Jr. on the University of Florida campus, noting that they had previously met at a Fourth of July party. The message was sent from her work email, suggesting that it would be a campaign event, though she told the Tampa Bay Times that it was intended to be a personal message.
Murphy responded a day later, writing that "he'd love to hop on a call" about the speaking engagement.
Murphy confirmed the meeting to the Alligator but emphasized that he also wanted to invite Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders in a non-political capacity.
“The only difference (between inviting Trump Jr. and Sanders) was Sen. Sanders’ non-campaign staff declined our invitation to speak in his official capacity,” Murphy wrote in an email to the Alligator. “Any attempt to try and separate one from the other with allegations of impropriety is deceptive and inflammatory.”
Ben Lima, a senior at University of Florida and one of the senators taking the lead on impeachment, told USA TODAY Murphy "has shown no remorse for spending $50,000 of student fees to enrich" Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle.
"This was an unethical and illegal expenditure made in collaboration with a Trump campaign official," he told USA TODAY.
Murphy has also been scrutinized for his family's ties to the Republican party, according to the Times. His father, Dan, works as a lobbyist for the BGR Group and has donated $5,600 – the maximum amount an individual can donate per election cycle – to Trump's campaign in 2019.
Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle are currently on a book tour promoting "Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us," which included stops at UCLA, where an event was shut down by far-right protesters, and "The View." The Florida event was not related to the book's promotion.
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