He Founded 'Students for Trump.' Now He Could Face Jail Time for Impersonating a Lawyer - 2019-05-09
On the eve of the last presidential election, NBC's "Nightly News" broadcast featured two skinny college students in jackets and ties, discussing the future of American politics. They were co-founders of Students for Trump, a grassroots group that had tapped the social media power of Donald Trump's populist movement — and of photos of bikini-clad women in MAGA hats — to become the real estate mogul's standard-bearer on college campuses around the country.
"I see Donald Trump as reviving the Republican Party," one of them, John Lambert, declared confidently.
Last month, Lambert, now 23, showed up in the news again. This time, he had been arrested in Tennessee on charges of wire fraud. According to the federal government, at the same time he was building a nationwide political network and serving as one of the most visible young faces of Trump's populist movement, Lambert was also posing online as a high-powered New York lawyer, eventually making off with tens of thousands of dollars in fees he stole from unwitting clients seeking legal services.