Judiciary makes it seven

Judiciary becomes the seventh House committee to investigate Trump’s businesses

A seventh House committee is now investigating aspects of President Donald Trump’s businesses. On Monday, the House Judiciary committee “served document requests to 81 agencies, entities, and individuals believed to have information relevant to the investigation,” according to a statement by the panel.

Among the individuals the committee is requesting documents from

Additionally, the committee served document requests to the Donald J. Trump revocable trust, the Trump Organization, and the nonprofit Trump Foundation.

According to the committee’s statement, one of the investigation’s main areas is “public corruption, including potential violations of the emoluments clauses of the U.S. Constitution, conspiracy to violate federal campaign and financial reporting laws, and other criminal misuses of official positions for personal gain.”

He seems to have violated the emoluments clause in a lot of different ways and that’s one of the things we should be investigating under —under abuses—under abuses of power,” Judiciary chair Rep. Jerry Nadler (D–NY) said yesterday to host George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’s This Week.

The judiciary committee joins the Financial Services; Foreign Affairs; Intelligence; Oversight and Reform; Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management; and Ways and Means subcommittee on Oversight. The current status of all of the investigations is, as always, towards the end of today’s 1100 Pennsylvania.

May 1, 2018 was an interesting day in the president’s hotel’s lobby

None of these sightings are new—and no evidence was found that these people interacted—but Instagram posts from May 1, 2018 yielded an interesting trio of Trump World notables hanging out in the lobby:

President Trump plugged one of his golf courses

Saturday morning, President Trump promoted one of his Scottish golf courses on Twitter, arguing that his ownership of a club on foreign soil is good for the nation. Last week a court in Scotland ruled that the U.S. president’s business had to pay the Scottish government’s legal bills from a dispute he initiated over wind turbines.

Kuwait invited a third congressman suing Trump over emoluments to the Trump Hotel D.C.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D–CA) is at least the third congressman Kuwait invited to its national day celebration last week at the Trump Hotel D.C. who’s also a plaintiff in an emoluments lawsuit v. President Trump. All three lawmakers declined the invitation. (Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D–OH) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D–TN) were the other two.)

Noteworthy sightings

An economist at Zimbabwe’s ministry of finance, Patrick Tuluzawu, posed behind the Trump Hotels logo.

Policy advisor for the pro-Trump nonprofit America First Policies, Martha Boneta, visited with Trump Org EVP/first son/great American, Donald Trump Jr. on Friday.

A chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy, Brad Davis, celebrated his wife’s birthday at the commander-in-chief’s hotel.

A midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, Ethan Hardt, also was at the commander-in-chief’s hotel post CPAC.

After CPAC, U.S. Army recruiter Kevin Brown drank a beer at the commander-in-chief’s hotel and posed with Turning Point USA’s director of high school outreach and pro-gun advocate, Kyle Kashuv; Turning Point’s director of urban engagement, Brandon Tatum; and conservative YouTuber Austen “Fleccas” Fletcher.

U.S. Army reserve technology specialist Morgan Kombarow was at the commander-in-chief’s hotel where he declared alt-right media personality Mike Cernovich a good person. Cernovich promoted pizzagate.

Minnesota GOP congressional district 3 vice chair and Minnesota RNC Trump national delegate, Sheri Auclair, tipped $45 at the Trump Hotel D.C. because its owner is the 45h president of the United States.

Infowars contributor Paul Joseph Watson, Blaze TV’s Eric Bolling, and the unsuccessful GOP candidate for Maxine Waters’ congressional seat, Omar Navarro, were among the “many diverse beautiful and intelligent people at CPAC” singer Ricky Rebel met. CPAC was at the Gaylord National Resorts; the encounters showed here occurred at the Trump Hotel D.C., 10.8 miles away.

The director of urban engagement at Turning Point USA, Brandon Tatum, was another great person at the Trump Hotel D.C. Trump properties are popular venues for Turning Point events and for members to just hang out…

…for example, at least three of these “conservative kids out and about” are involved with Turning Point USA on their campuses…

…and Turning Point USA’s director of communications Candace Owens recently held her engagement party at the president’s hotel, according to Cockburn for Spectator USA [h/t @mrspanstreppon]

A public affairs intern who lobbies in the Minnesota legislature and also is the vice chair metro for the state College Republicans and vice chair of the College Republicans at the University of Minnesota, Megan Olson, felt patriotic at the U.S. president’s hotel.

A “California State Surrogate for Donald J. Trump at President-Elect Donald J. Trump Inc,” Shirley Husar, spent time at the Trump Hotel D.C. post CPAC.

The president of lobbying firm the Da Vinci Group, Mark Smith, a Trump Hotel D.C. regular, had “another wonderful night with loved ones,” inducing Ally Hibben who apparently works at both the House of Representatives and, wait for it, Turning Point USA.

In sum, political consultant and lobbyist David Spady just found it “very Trump at the Trump hotel tonight.”

Other Trump Organization news

House investigations, current status (latest changes, March 4, 2019)

  • UPDATED Financial ServicesSent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank on Jan. 24. On March 1, chair Rep. Maxine Waters (D–CA) said that thee bank is cooperating with her committee and that staffers from the panel have met with bank employees in New York.

  • Foreign Affairs—Chair Rep. Elliot Engel (D–NY) “plans to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s businesses are driving foreign policy decisions, including whether Trump violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution in the process” per CNN on Jan. 23.

  • NEW Judiciary—On March 4, the committee “served document requests to 81 agencies, entities, and individuals believed to have information relevant to the investigation,” according to a statement by the panel. Among the individuals the committee is requesting documents from are Trump Organization EVP Donald Trump Jr., EVP Eric Trump, EVP and COO Michael Calamari, CFO Alan Weisselberg, EVP and chief legal officer Alan Garten, Trump tax attorney Sherri Dillon, former Trump advisor Felix Sater, and former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

  • Intelligence—On Feb. 6, chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D–CA) issued a statement that said his committee would investigate links or coordination between the Russian government/related foreign actors and individuals associated with Trump’s businesses, as well as if foreign actors sought to compromise or hold leverage over Trump’s businesses. During an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Feb. 10, Schiff said the committee will investigate Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank, a major lender to the Trump Organization. Earlier, on Jan. 24, the committee sent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank. On Feb. 28, an aide said the panel expects to interview Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. Felix Sater, who was connected to the Trump Moscow project, is scheduled to testify in an open hearing on March 14, with Michael Cohen returning to testify before the panel on March 6.

  • Oversight and Reform—Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings’s (D–MD) staff “has already sent out 51 letters to government officials, the White House, and the Trump Organization asking for documents related to investigations that the committee may launch,” according to CBS News on Jan. 13. In a Feb. 15 letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Cummings said the committee received documents showing White House attorney Stefan Passantino and long-time Trump personal attorney Sheri Dillon provided “false information” to the Office of Government Ethics regarding Michael Cohen’s “hush-money payments.” As a result, Cummings wants to depose both Passantino and Dillon. And on Feb. 27, Cohen testified to the committee about those payments and other Trump Organization business practices, which could lead to the committee requesting the president’s tax returns and allegations of possible insurance fraud. The next day, House Democrats signaled they would seek testimony from Trump Organization officials whom Cohen alleged were implicated, including Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and CFO Allen Weisselberg.

  • Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management—Transportation committee chair Rep. Peter DeFazio (D–OR) and subcommittee chair Dina Titus (D–NV) sent a letter to GSA administrator Emily Murphy on Jan. 22 asking for all communication between the GSA and members of the Trump family dating back to 2015, an explanation of how the hotel calculates its profits, profit statements since the hotel opened in 2016, any guidance from the White House regarding the lease, and whether or not Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are recused from participating in decisions regarding the property. GSA has “sent a partial response and the subcommittee is reviewing it,” according to a senior House staffer familiar with the situation. When hearings begin, it is likely that Murphy will be the first person called to testify, according to a person familiar with the subcommittee’s plans.

  • Ways and Means subcommittee on Oversight—The subcommittee held its first hearing on “legislative proposals and tax law related to presidential and vice-presidential tax returns” on Feb. 7. “We will ask the question: Does the public have a need to know that a person seeking the highest office in our country obeys tax law?” said chair Rep. John Lewis (D–GA). Experts in tax law testified.

Legal cases, current status (latest change, Feb. 22, 2019)

Health inspections, current status (latest change, Aug. 10, 2018)

  • ❌Hotel: five violations on May 7, 2018; two were corrected on site

  • ❌BLT Prime and Benjamin Bar: nine violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Sushi Nakazawa: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Banquet kitchen: no violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ❌Pastry kitchen: two violations on Aug. 10, 2018

  • ✔️Gift shop: no violations on May 7, 2018

  • ❌Employee kitchen and in-room dining: five violations on Aug. 10, 2018; two were corrected on site

One thing that has nothing to do with Trump’s businesses (I think, tough to tell sometimes!)

Former White House staffer and now a former Fox News contributor too, Sebastian Gorka agrees with Kimberly Guilfoyle: Donald Trump Jr. has great teeth.

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