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Court records: Wife of Trump Org ethics attorney arrested after tryst with Fauquier inmate

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Teresa Jo Burchfield. Charged with with willfully delivering unauthorized articles to a confined prisoner, a class 1 misdemeanor. She was released on $5,000 secured bond.

An ongoing investigation into “suspicious” activity in the back seat of a car involving an inmate trustee at the Fauquier County jail led to the Tuesday arrest of Teresa Jo Burchfield, the wife of an ethics attorney to President Donald Trump’s business organization.

Burchfield, 53, is married to Bobby R. Burchfield, a partner at Washington’s King and Spalding, who was appointed as an independent ethics advisor to the Donald J. Revocable Trust in January.

Burchfield, a longtime Republican attorney, served as counsel to President George W. Bush in the 2000 Florida recount.

Teresa Jo Burchfield was arrested Tuesday afternoon in a parking lot adjacent to the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center after deputies found her in the backseat of a car with an inmate/trustee at the jail, according to sheriff’s office Sgt. James Hartman.

Burchfield and the 23-year-old inmate were having sex in the car, according to a criminal complaint filed at Fauquier County General District Court.

"The defendant was caught in the backseat of her vehicle with an inmate...," Dept. J. B. Thorpe wrote in Burchfield's criminal complaint. "When the inmate exited the vehicle, he handed me a bag of brown pills (capsules), that he claims to be workout pills." 

After the two were discovered, the inmate, Hartman said, was found in possession of cigarettes, clothes, vitamin supplements and other “unauthorized articles alleged to have been obtained from the female.”

The inmate was on trustee status at the time, meaning he was jailed on “minimal charges” and “authorized to perform work inside and outside of the detention center and sheriff’s office facilities,” Hartman said in a statement.

The inmate told deputies he had been meeting with Burchfield for about a month, court filings say. 

The Sheriff’s Office declined to identify the inmate or describe his connection to Burchfield.

Burchfield was charged with willfully delivering unauthorized articles to a confined prisoner, a class 1 misdemeanor. She was released on $5,000 secured bond.

Attempts to contact Teresa Burchfield and Bobby Burchfield were not immediately successful Thursday morning.

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Seems about right for a Trump supporter. They are vapid, self-absorbed hypocrites.

Concerned citizen

Only Trump supporters are hypocrites? How about Senators Obama, Clinton, and Schumer all on C-SPAN in 2005 declaring that President Bush crack down on illegal immigration including building a fence?
Or the DNC supporting Muslim Sharia Law and the LGBT community at the same time, when it is well known one group will kill all the members of the other?
Both sides are hypocrites, depending on which lobbyist offers the most money.


Name the inmate please. He's just as guilty of the exact same crime.


Actually, he's a victim of a crime.


Wow, you dug deep enough to just mention Trump's name in a sex scandal. Really?


This really is disgusting. To put that in the HEADLINE just makes it inflammatory. Pretty poor journalism and wonder if the Editor is asleep or inserted it.

Concerned citizen

Our small town paper was bought by the liberal media a couple of months ago. The change in their reporting has become obvious. I saw the paper at the grocery store with a big headline about 30 marchers. A veterans March on Memorial Day got no coverage. I'm going to miss the old paper.


I just take it online only. I was taking the WashingtonCompost on line until they started filling the sports pages with their 'view' inserted into every article. For the record, I don't 'do' the Washington TImes for basically the same reason even though I may 'agree' with them more than the Post....
What happened to REPORTING the news, not making a running commentarywith ones own views on it?.

Even the TV newsreaders, they mention certain peoples names with a snarl and eye roll, while swooning over others.

If I want theatrics, I will go to a play.


Gotta' love those "family values".

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