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Wife of Trump Organization ethics lawyer busted in backseat of car with jailhouse inmate

Her husband was appointed in January to oversee Trump's Revocable Trust


Charlie May
September 7, 2017 10:56PM (UTC)

The wife of an ethics attorney for President Donald Trump's business organization was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly engaging in "suspicious" activity with an inmate trustee in the backseat of a car outside of a jail, according to the Fauquier Times.

Teresa Jo Burchfield, 53, is the wife of Bobby Burchfield who "was appointed as an independent ethics advisor to the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust in January," the Virginia-based newspaper reported this week. Burchfield has served as a Republican attorney for years and also "served as counsel to President George W. Bush in the 2000 Florida recount."

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His wife was arrested on Tuesday "in a parking lot adjacent to the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center," after law enforcement officials allegedly found her in the backseat of a car with an inmate trustee, the Times reported. A criminal complaint filed in Fauquier County General District Court alleged that the two were having sex.

"The defendant was caught in the backseat of her vehicle with an inmate...," Dept. J. B. Thorpe wrote in Burchfield's criminal complaint, according to the newspaper. "When the inmate exited the vehicle, he handed me a bag of brown pills (capsules), that he claims to be workout pills." Other items were found on the inmate included cigarettes, clothes, vitamin supplements as well as "unauthorized articles alleged to have been obtained from the female," the Times reported.

The 23-year-old inmate was of "trustee" a status at the time, which means that they were jailed on "minimal charges" as well as "authorized to perform work inside and outside of the detention center and sheriff’s office facilities," the statement said. The inmate also said that the two have been meeting for roughly a month.

Burchfield, an “independent research consultant” in the Washington D.C. area, according to her Linkedin profile, was released on $5,000 bail after being charged with "willfully delivering unauthorized articles to a confined prisoner, a class 1 misdemeanor."


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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