Jerry Falwell's Liberty University dogged by growing claims of corruption - 2019-09-15
Since January 2016, when the head of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell Jr, endorsed Donald Trump for president, the influential evangelical university has been on a fast track to the heart of American politics. Since being credited with helping Trump earn the loyal support of the Christian right, Falwell has become a regular presence at the White House.
Meanwhile, the university, founded in 1971 by his late father, the Rev Jerry Falwell Sr, has expanded exponentially. Under Falwell Jr's leadership, the Lynchburg, Virginia, not-for-profit university's assets have reportedly grown from $259m in 2007 to over $3bn and it has more than 100,000 students.
But lately, a series of alleged scandals appear to be threatening Falwell's grip on power. And this week, the stakes were raised even higher amid accusations of corruption and Falwell's own demand for an FBI investigation.