Stephen Moore, President Trump's scheduled Federal Reserve Board candidate, was found despised by the court in 2013 to refrain from paying his former wife over $ 330,000 in alimony and child support
A court in Fairfax County, Va., Ordered Stephen Moore to sell his home to pay his former wife Allison Moore the money he legally claimed her but had not paid for months. Stephen Moore ended up paying $ 217,000, but only after the court sent several police officers, two real estate agents and a locksmith to his home to change the locks and prepare the property for sale, records show.
Allison Moore told the court that the payment was enough to no longer force her former husband to sell the home.
Stephen and Allison Moore, who have three children together, were married for two decades before divorce in 2011. Allison Moore began divorce in 2010 and her divorce complaint said her then husband husband opened a Match.com account and had a mistress.
Allison Moore says in divorce filing that she was a good wife "suffering emotional and mental abuse of [Stephen Moore] throughout their marriage," including having to fly the family home with their youngest child in the fall of 2009.
Stephen Moore signed a document saying that he "admits all claims" in his former wife's divorce complaint.
Despised by the Court was first reported by the Guardian. Allison Moore then asked to seal the records. The divorce records were unsealed Friday following an appeal by The Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Guardian.
Stephen Moore appeared on television and radio shows this week accusing the media of trying to track his nomination by discussing a creepy divorce and a $ 75,000 tax credit against him as a result of an error in his 2014 return. He says he and his former wife are now on better terms and that he has worked to settle the tax record with the Internal Revenue Service, including overpayment of his tax in recent years.
"They won't talk about my financial ideas; they will murder my character. That's what the left is doing," said Stephen Moore on Monday in a look at "The Ingraham Angle." "I don't support."
Friday via email, he told The Washington Post, "This payment problem was only settled six years ago." He pointed out a statement that his former wife made earlier this week that "we hope the media respect our privacy. We remain at heartfelt terms. "
Many economists have raised concerns that Moore is unable to make a profit from the Fed because he does not have much expertise in the central bank and argues that he could degrade Feds. independence with its close ties to Trump. His apparent lack of compliance with the law has also raised some questions about his ability to be one of the country's top economic politicians.
"He pays them better!" Later Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) Said after hearing about The potential candidate is unpaid taxes.
Stephen Moore has repeatedly praised marriage and home with a "devoted man and wife" as the best cure for poverty and other social ailments. He wrote a comment in Washington examiner entitled "Marriage, the safest economic stimulus" in October 2014, about a year after the court had to force him to pay his former wife's child support and alimony.
Allison Moore says her husband slept with her mistress in the family home and stated at a graduation ceremony to one of their sons: "I have two women and that is really bad when they fight over you."
Trump has been on the Fed for months and blamed the central bank for any stock market dips or weak economic data. In the past week, Trump announced his plans to nominate Moore and the former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain to complete the two remaining seats on the Fed's seven personal board.
Both candidates are likely to be subjected to intense control in the Senate verification process. In addition to Stephen Moore's past problems paying his former wife and his taxes, he also led the Conservative advocacy group for growth over a period of time when it was found to be in violation of federal government regulations. The Growth Club ultimately paid $ 350,000 to settle with the FEC.
Stephen Moore has an economics master and spent much of his career as an economic commentator for various media and a senior guy at the Conservative Heritage Foundation. Fed governors have traditionally been PhD economists, bankers, or business executives. Every word a governor says is closely monitored as they set interest rates and many banking rules.
Moore has called for higher interest rates while Democrats were in the White House and now advocates lower interest rates, which are typically used to stimulate the economy, even though he says the nation thrives financially.
The White House has been in charge of Moore in recent days as the details of his past have come up.
"President Trump has every right in the world to make his agreements," Larry Kudlow, head of the National Economic Council, said Friday on Fox Business.
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