January 30, 2017
President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Hearty CONGRATULATIONS upon your election as President of the United States. Your early, assertive actions are a God-sent miracle for saving our Nation!
Many years ago, on a much smaller scale, as a young, successful, business entrepreneur with no political experience, I defeated a 16-year incumbent Democrat Congressman in West Texas, Waging the same sort of uphill battle you did, vowing to cut the size, cost, and control of federal government. Four years after a “bloody” defeat for re-election, I waged and won the same kind of uphill struggle to defeat an incumbent liberal Democrat Congressman in New Mexico, becoming the only person to be elected to the U.S. Congress from two different States in more than 150 years… so, YES, better than anyone, I understand and appreciate your herculean victory.
You are fighting for a cause far greater than yourself. You are fighting for individual freedom…..the Constitutional, free-enterprise principles for which this Country was founded!
You are possibly familiar with a fellow named Kevin Trudeau, a feisty, aggressive television personality, best-selling author, consumer advocate, and natural health spokesman. His best-selling books have sold almost 50 million copies worldwide.
In one of the most egregious cases in US history of judicial and government misconduct, Kevin is currently’ in federal prison serving a ’10-year sentence for “contempt of court.” This is the longest “contempt of court” prison sentence ever imposed. This is an outrage, a gross injustice, and simply unfair. It is “cruel and unusual punishment” and borders on human rights violations.
Contempt of court is not a felony, nor even a misdemeanour. It is inherently not a “crime” Kevin was not arrested, not indicted, and not charged with a crime by any law enforcement agency. He simply angered one unethical and biased Federal Judge who then held him in contempt for going on TV and giving opinions about one of his books with which the Judge disagreed.
I was in the courtroom when Kevin was sentenced and witnessed this government and judicial overreach and abuse of power first-hand. What I saw was astonishing and beyond logic. Kevin’s only “crime” was to go on TV and talk passionately about what he believes, expressing his opinions, sharing his own personal experiences, and exercising his First Amendment Right of Free Speech.
Kevin’s Weight Loss Cure book describes the ‘famous Dr. Simeon’s HCG weight loss protocol; and now because of Kevin’s book, it is being used at thousands of clinics and endorsed by medical doctors throughout America. On the TV informercial in question, Kevin said that the weight loss protocol that he described in his book was “easy.” Kevin shared his own personal experience about how he performed the protocol, lost weight, and found it easy. Kevin told stories about how people he talked to, who actually did the protocol and lost weight, also found it easy. The judge said the protocol described was NOT easy, even though that is exactly what was said IN THE BOOK! Kevin was held in contempt of court for “willfully” violating his order not to “misrepresent the contents of a book on TV.”
At sentencing, the Judge actually said that all of Kevin’s books and opinions were worthless, even though his six books are respected by millions and are all New York Times bestsellers. This is blatant bias. Do the government, particularly, the biased Federal Trade Commission, and a Federal Judge now have the power of deciding whose opinions are worthless and which opinions are valuable?
The Judge would not allow Kevin to present thousands of letters; her received from people who bought and loved the book. He was not allowed to bring in even ONE person that wanted to testify that they watched Kevin on T.V, bought the book, and found it useful. I was there personally, rose to speak on Kevin’s behalf, and was forcibly removed by Deputies at the Judge’s direction. Kevin was forbidden by the Judge to use the First Amendment and Free Speech as a defence, even going so far as to forbid Kevin and his lawyers to even utter those words in his courtroom.
The book came with a 100 per cent unconditional money-back guarantee. Less than 8 per cent of purchasers asked for a refund, and all those who asked received the refund. This is one of the lowest return rates in the industry. The government did not even produce ONE person who said they watched the TV informercial, bought the book, and felt misled.
The real “crime” behind this smokescreen was that Kevin exposed in his books and on his radio show, in bold and passionate ways, many things the government and special interests did not want the public to know. Simply put, the government has been seeking to discredit and silence Kevin for decades because he is one of the most outspoken critics of the Washington, DC, special interests and lobbyists, namely the drug companies, the banks, the dishonest media, and out-of-control, abusive, and suppressive government agencies such as the FTC, FDA, and IRS.
Kevin is known as one of the most outstanding marketing experts and mass communicators of all time. He has built businesses in America, the UK, and Australia, generating millions in worldwide sales and employing thousands of people over the past 30 years. More importantly, Kevin has, since 1979, been empowering, motivating and educating millions, of people to live better lives. He is following the spirit of Napoleon Hill and another of my close friends, the later Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.
For decades, Kevin has pointed to YOU as an example of success. He has read and publicly and enthusiastically promoted your brooks and the educational programs you offered. He defended you publicly about the unfair treatment by the press you have received.
As one of the world’s most prominent proponents of natural health alternatives, he has exposed the FDA, and drug companies for suppressing information about inexpensive, non-drug, and non-surgical ways to cure and prevent disease. As one of the past directors of the FDA has said “The FDA is not protecting consumers, it is protecting the profits of the drug companies.” Kevin has exposed how the FTC also is not protecting consumers, but protecting the profits of specific, special interest groups. This has made him a political target by these out-of-control, abusive government agencies.
There are millions of happy people whose lives, are better because of Kevin Trudeau. They bought his books over the years and are still buying them today. Kevin has one of the highest customer satisfaction rates in the industry.
Knowing Kevin since 1979, l can vouch for his, honesty, passion, and integrity. He has always been extremely generous, kind, and giving to those in need. He has heart, compassion, and love for his fellow man, is a man of good character, and a person who loves people and is loved in return. Yes, he has made mistakes in his life, but he has learned from those mistakes and is a better person because of those poor choices and the resulting tough lessons.
You know first-hand how the media is dishonest, distorts the truth, misleads, and misrepresents the facts. You also know how in lawsuits there can be outrageous, totally false allegations that are unsubstantiated, undocumented, unverified, and simply untrue. It is unfortunate that a biased Judge can turn the legal system into a farce.
Kevin loves America and has been a tireless champion for free speech and the U.S Constitution. When you announced your candidacy for President, he predicted your victory and worked behind the scenes on your behalf.
This is a request that you pardon Kevin Trudeau, or at least commute his sentence to “time served,” and have him released immediately. At the direction of a biased Judge, he served eight months in a horrendous metropolitan Chicago jail and now over three years at the Federal Prison Camp in Montgomery, Alabama. He continues to be vilified by the Federal Trade Commission.
This action against Kevin is government overreach in the worst way. It is an example of judgement gone wrong. This is a judiciary that has gone rogue and lost all sense of fairness and justice. During his more than three years of imprisonment, both his mother and father passed away; and he was not even allowed to attend their funerals! He has been punished enough.
I am asking you, in fact, pleading with you, for your consideration, compassion and understanding to pardon Kevin Trudeau, or at least commute his sentence to time served; and have him released immediately. Your favourable action will be sincerely appreciated.
Former U.S Congressman
(Texas and New Mexico)
Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur