I've read your posts in the past, and I know you aren't this ignorant or clueless. You had no clue about emoluments? Not buying it. You are playing dumb.
"Not wanting to jump to conclusions" is not the same as excusing and justifying this as "just another normal, legitimate business transaction". I think you know it's bullshit.
Perhaps, but if someone is asking questions and able to receive answers, I don't see a reason we shouldn't approach collaboratively. If you question someone's motives, I suggest asking them about their motives first.
What it seems to have established is that a number of people here have accepted a partial understanding because of the source or their own bias. Even if that understanding is accurate, we are all human. It is good to recognize from where our own understandings derive. And occasionally to challenge yourself to find your own biases.
It is not too uncommon that I will overstate my knowledge of something here or elsewhere with some intent. I need to expose myself to my own human vulnerability and get called out on it in order to aid my self reflection. When I am found mistaken at least in part, some piece of repair and reflection afterward tends to generate human connection and deflate the need in others to extend themselves beyond what they reasonably know.