Rand Paul to be honored at Trump's hotel
Trump political who resigned after making ‘anti-Muslim comments’ involved in organizing this ‘black tie affair’
Frontiers of Freedom’s Reagan gala dinner will honor Sen. Rand Paul (R–KY) at the Trump Hotel D.C. on June 11.
“Donors love that location, and when you’re raising money it makes sense to hold events where the donors like to be,” said Kelsey Cooper, a spokesperson for Paul when asked in 2018 about the senator’s campaign spending money at the Trump Hotel D.C. (as reported by Ben Wieder and Anita Kumar for McClatchy).
Tickets for adults are $275 and $1,000 (the higher-priced option comes with a VIP reception invite and photo opportunity). Reserved tables for 10 range from $5,000 to $10,000. Students and young conservatives can dine for $100, but they won’t get any wine.
According to her Facebook posts, Ximena Barreto is working on the event for Frontiers of Freedom. She’s a former Trump political appointee in the Department of Health and Human Services who resigned after CNN and Media Matters reported she’d “spread conspiracies and made anti-Muslim comments.”
Barreto, a Trump Hotel D.C. regular, also said she chatted with the president a couple of weeks ago, apparently at his Sterling, Virginia golf course. While they reportedly discussed her resignation, she didn’t mention if she also told the president about the business she was helping bring to his hotel.
Monday, judge ruled House can get Trump’s financial records; Tuesday, Trump appealed
From “Trump appeals ruling clearing House to receive his financial records” by Josh Gerstein for Politico:
Trump’s attorneys on Tuesday filed a brief notice appealing Washington-based U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta’s Monday decision rejecting the president’s demand for a preliminary injunction that would block his longtime accounting firm Mazars USA from handing over records subpoenaed by the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
The appeal will head to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, but Trump will need urgent relief from that court since Mehta refused the president’s request for a stay. As a result, without a further order from a higher court, the accountants could be compelled to turn over the records as early as next week.
In a statement after Mehta’s decision, House Oversight chair Rep. Elijah Cummings (D–MD) said, “Today’s decision is a resounding victory for the rule of law and our Constitutional system of checks and balances.”
WalkAway gala steps into a Trump profit center
A movement encouraging Democrats to leave their party behind, WalkAway celebrated its first anniversary at the Trump Hotel D.C. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Tickets started at $250. All rooms in the event’s block were booked, per its web page. The WalkAway campaign was founded by Brandon Straka, a gay former Democrat.
Based on social-media posts, many attendees are Trump Hotel D.C. regulars who basically had to walk away from their usual spots by the bar and head to the ballroom. Those folks included
America’s answer to Umberto Eco, Jacob Wohl
pro-Trump speaker David Harris Jr.
Blaze TV’s White House correspondent, Jon Miller
political consultant, Fox News pundit, and Trump campaign advisory board member Harlan Hill
former advisor to Nigel Farage and Steve Bannon, Raheem Kassan
the RNC’s director of digital operations, Alex Sarp, and SMS marketing manager, Quinnlan Ayres
Senate Republican Conference digital strategist Ruben Verastig
One American News Network’s White House correspondent, Chanel Rio, videographer Bonnie Breuner
the founder of Constitutional Millennials, president at D.C. Digital, and former intern and spokesperson for the Trump campaign, Christianne’ L. Allen,
Breitbart filmmaker Matthew Perdie
founder and president of the Second Amendment Institute, Tyler Yzaguirre
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Canadian billionaire/U.S. political donor dined with President Trump at the Trump Hotel D.C.
From “He’s one of the biggest backers of Trump’s push to protect American steel. And he’s Canadian.” by Eric Lipton for The New York Times:
That lobbying effort was how he and his wife found themselves being ushered into a private dining room at the Trump International Hotel in Washington last spring for a small dinner with the president and his son Donald Trump Jr. Mr. Zekelman said they discussed quotas the United States was about to impose on imports of steel from competitors in South Korea…
The success of his tactics has not gone unnoticed by competitors. The American-Turkish Council, whose sponsors include Borusan Mannesmann, moved its annual meeting from the Ritz-Carlton hotel to the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Among the guests at the event last month were Mr. Ross, the commerce secretary.
Other recent and upcoming events at Trump properties
Trump Los Angeles hosted the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s salute to business luncheon on May 16.
The inaugural Premier Golf Classic was played at Trump Charlotte May 19–20, as 1100 Pennsylvania had previewed. It benefited the Premier Foundation, “an international Christian non-profit organization committed to being a voice for the disadvantaged.” It announced it raised $98,000—and that it will return to the U.S. president’s golf course next year. Trump Charlotte’s Instagram account promoted the charity.
The Lincoln Clubs of California has an “ascent on the Capitol” planned for Oct. 22–25. Members will bunk at a hotel owned by the current head of the party of Lincoln. The room rate is $405 for a single or double occupancy.
Sounds like the Trumpette’s Red, White, and Blue Celebration of President Trump is planning a return to Mar-a-Lago in 2020.
A glimpse at the foreign officials, government employees, politicians, lobbyists, and the like who patronize or appear at Trump businesses. The people shown here have reasons to want to influence the Trump administration, rely on its good graces for their livelihoods, or should be providing oversight. Additionally, high-profile guests serve as draws for paying customers.
A former Navy SEAL who claims to have killed Osama bin Laden, Bobby O’Neil, was at the commander-in-chief’s hotel. President Trump is considering pardoning a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes, Eddie Gallagher. O’Neil has tweeted an article defending Gallagher.
The agricultural attaché at Hungary’s ministry of foreign affairs and trade, Kocsy Bela, returned to the D.C. hotel owned by the U.S. president. This time Bela was with
Diego Morales—a former advisor to then Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R); Morales lost in the 2018 GOP primary for a U.S. House seat in Indiana
Jeff Cardwell—a former state chair at the Indiana GOP and another one-time Gov. Pence advisor, he’s currently a senior vice president at lobbying firm Sextons Creek
And in a comment on Cardwell’s post, an intern for Rep. Jim Banks (R–IN), Keeton Bartol, wrote that he was at the head of the executive branch’s hotel earlier that day.
The manager of digital strategy for the Family Research Council, Matthew Mangiaracina was with his “greatest love on this temporal earth.”
The Collin County, Texas Young Republicans chair, Desiree Brown, lived out her “dream of being rich and famous…kinda” by having afternoon tea at a hotel owned by the head of her party.
NBC Chicago reporter Trina Orlando had the perfect little ending to her D.C. weekend.
Called, “the face of [Roger] Stone’s defense in right-wing media,” Jacob Engles held court. (He also was at the National Mall yesterday, talking up the Proud Boys.)
Other Trump Organization news
“Cohen told lawmakers Trump attorney Jay Sekulow instructed him to falsely claim Moscow project ended in January 2016” by Tom Hamburger, Ellen Nakashima, and Karoun Demirjian for The Washington Post
Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Sherrod Brown (D–OH) and Chris Van Hollen (D–MD) asked Deutsche Bank’s CEO Christian Sewing for information in response to “Deutsche Bank staff saw suspicious activity in Trump and Kushner accounts” by David Enrich for The New York Times
“Prosecutors examining tens of thousands of Trump inauguration documents” by Kara Scannell for CNN
Watch: “These 19 undocumented immigrants worked for Trump” by Randi Kaye for CNN
“Trump’s complex web of business interests, visualized” by Phillip Bump for The Washington Post
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House investigations, current status (latest change, May 21, 2019)
Financial Services—Sent 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 the bank is cooperating with her committee and that staffers from the panel have met with bank employees in New York. On March 11, the committee requested documents on Trump’s businesses from Capital One; the bank “said it was already preserving documents but needs a subpoena in order to comply” per Politico. On April 15, that subpoena was issued. All told, the committee reportedly has subpoenaed nine banks for information about President Trump’s finances. President Trump, Don. Jr., Eric, Ivanka, and their businesses sued Deutsche Bank and Capital One on April 30, however, in an attempt to prevent them from sharing financial records with Congress. Deutsche Bank reportedly has been willing to cooperate with lawmakers. On May 3, the Trumps filed for a preliminary injunction to block the subpoenas.
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.
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 requested 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; longtime Trump executive assistant Rhona Graff; former Trump advisor Felix Sater; former Trump attorney Michael Cohen; and Trump associate and inaugural chair, Tom Barrack. The committee received “tens of thousands” of documents by the March 18 deadline the letters set for responses, according to its chair, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D–NY). Among the respondents: Barrack, Steve Bannon, and the National Rifle Association. But more than half of the targets had not replied by April 3, two weeks after the deadline. On that day, the committee authorized subpoenas for former White House aides Bannon, Ann Donaldson, Hope Hicks, Donald McGahn, and Reince Priebus, per Politico. Attorneys for the Trump Organization, Donald Trump Jr., and Eric Trump did not respond to Politico’s inquires if their clients planned to reply. The committee is considering making additional document requests, including to Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. The committee interviewed Felix Sater on March 21.
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. On Feb. 10, Schiff said the committee would 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. During testimony on March 6, Michael Cohen turned over documents that allegedly show how Trump’s then-personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, edited Cohen’s statement regarding Trump Tower Moscow. Cohen later read this revised statement before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. In closed-door testimony in March, Cohen claimed the president submitted a false insurance claim regarding a fresco in Trump Tower. Felix Sater, who was connected to the Trump Moscow project, was scheduled to testify in an open hearing on March 27, but that has been postponed. Schiff hired a veteran prosecutor experienced with combating Russian organized crime to lead this investigation. The committee is also seeking to interview Trump inauguration organizer Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. On March 11, the committee requested documents on Trump’s businesses from Capital One; the bank “said it was already preserving documents but needs a subpoena in order to comply” per Politico. On April 15, that subpoena was issued. All told, the committee reportedly has subpoenaed nine banks for information about President Trump’s finances. President Trump, Don. Jr., Eric, Ivanka, and their businesses sued Deutsche Bank and Capital One on April 30, however, in an attempt to prevent them from sharing financial records with Congress. Schiff said Deutsche Bank has been willing to cooperate with lawmakers. On May 3, the Trumps filed for a preliminary injunction to block the subpoenas.
UPDATED 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,” 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 Passantino and Dillon; the White House, however, rejected Cummings’ request to interview Passantino. 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. On March 6, Cummings requested information from the GSA about its reversal of an earlier decision to relocate FBI headquarters, which is located across the street from the Trump Hotel D.C. The committee also has requested 10 years of Trump’s financial records. On March 11, the committee requested documents on Trump’s businesses from Capital One; the bank “said it was already preserving documents but needs a subpoena in order to comply” per Politico. And on April 12, Cummings notified committee members that he plans to subpoena Mazars USA, Trump’s accounting firm, for his financial statements. That same day Cummings also wrote to the GSA requesting all monthly reports from the Trump Hotel D.C., information about any liens on the hotel, a slew of correspondence between the Trump Org and GSA, and legal opinions regarding the Trump Org’s compliance with the lease. President Trump, the Trump Organization, and the Trump Hotel D.C. sued Cummings and Mazars USA on April 22 in an attempt to prevent the release of Trump’s financial records. Trump’s suit cites an 1880 Supreme Court decision—that was overturned in 1927. Cummings postponed the subpoenas’ deadline while the courts address the president’s suit. On May 20, U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta denied the president’s motion. Trump appealed the next day. But without further relief, Mazars could start turning over documents as soon as next week.
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 D.C. hotel calculates its profits, profit statements since the hotel opened, 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. Titus is hiring additional staffers to handle the investigation. On March 6, Titus requested information from the GSA about its reversal of an earlier decision to relocate the FBI headquarters, which is located across the street from the Trump Hotel D.C. NPR reported on March 15 that, “Democrats on the committee want to know, among other things, whether there was any political pressure exerted on the GSA by the Trump White House, presidential campaign or transition team. They also want to know how the Trump Hotel calculates its profits, segregates incoming money from foreign governments, and what the Trump Organization owes the GSA on a monthly or annual basis.’”
UPDATED Ways and Means—On April 3, chairman Richard Neal (D–MA) requested six years of Trump’s personal tax returns, as well as the returns for eight of his businesses (including that of the trust that holds the president’s ownership stake in the D.C. hotel). After the IRS missed Neal’s first deadline, he extended it until 5 p.m. on April 22. The IRS missed that deadline too and Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin said he’d make a decision whether or not to release the returns by May 6. He declined to do so. Neal indicated he’ll take the issue to the federal courts. On May 10 the committee subpoenaed Mnuchin and IRS commissioner Charles Rettig, giving them a May 17 deadline to turn over Trump’s tax returns. Mnuchin again declined to comply. Neal suspects he’ll know his next move by May 24. Also, the subcommittee on Oversight 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, May 16, 2019)
Official capacity—On Dec. 20, 2018, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled it would hear the president’s appeal of district court rulings that allowed the case to proceed to discovery, and the appellate court halted discovery in the case. Discovery had started Dec. 3 and was scheduled to run through Aug. 2, 2019, with the AGs having subpoenaed the Trump Organization, including its Scottish golf courses; the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, and Treasury and the GSA; and the state of Maine. Oral arguments on the appeal occurred on March 19; by all accounts the three-judge panel (all Republican appointees, including one who was a selection of President Trump’s) were skeptical of the AGs’ case. D.C. AG Karl Racine pledged to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
Individual capacity—On Dec. 14, Trump’s personal attorneys appealed the denial of their motion to dismiss the case, also to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. On Dec. 19, the AGs replied to Trump’s motion for a stay pending that appeal by voluntarily dismissing the claims against Trump in his “individual capacity to allow the claims against President Trump in his official capacity to move forward expeditiously.” (The AGs only brought suit against Trump in his individual capacity after the judge suggested they do so.) Trump’s personal attorneys, on Dec. 21, opposed the motion to dismiss at the district level, saying the appeals court now has jurisdiction and accusing the AGs of “gamesmanship.”
Democratic senators and representatives’ emoluments lawsuit—On Sept. 28, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled that the legislators have standing to sue. Trump’s Justice Department attorneys filed an interlocutory appeal on Oct. 22. On Jan. 30, 2019, the plaintiffs’ filed a notice of supplemental authority, notifying the court of the GSA inspector general’s report that criticized GSA for failing to consider if the Trump Hotel D.C.’s lease was in compliance with the Constitution after Trump became president. Two days later, the president’s attorneys argued that the IG’s conclusion was not inconsistent with Trump’s argument, but that the judge should ignore that report anyway because the IG has no expertise in interpreting or applying the foreign emoluments clause. On April 30, Sullivan denied Trump’s motion to dismiss the suit. While the president’s attorneys have a supplemental brief due on May 28, on May 14 they filed a motion to stay the proceedings while they appeal Sullivan’s decision.
CREW et. al’s emoluments lawsuit—In February 2018, CREW appealed its suit being dismissed for lack of standing to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Oral arguments on that motion were held on Oct. 30.
Cork’s unfair competition lawsuit—Judge Richard J. Leon dismissed the case on Nov. 26, 2018, writing “Cork has failed to state a claim for unfair competition under D.C. law.” On Dec. 10, Cork’s attorneys filed a notice of appeal and on Jan. 10, 2019 they submitted a statement of issues to be raised. Cork filed its first appellant brief on May 15, arguing “the District Court failed to recognize the evolving nature of the common law of unfair competition in the District of Columbia and erroneously treated the prior cases as if they were a series of statutes that Appellant had to satisfy to state a claim
Employees’ class-action suit alleging racial discrimination—Two of the three plaintiffs did not appear at a status hearing on Jan. 25, 2019; their cases were moved to arbitration. Via email, their attorney, A.J. Dhali, said his clients did not appear at the hearing because their case already had been moved to arbitration last year. The next status hearing is scheduled for Oct. 4.
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
Is the Trump Organization selling merchandise that depicts the White House? (latest change, March 21, 2019)
One thing that (probably) has nothing to do with Trump’s businesses
“‘Bungled from the beginning’: How Robert Kraft’s sex sting was marred by cops’ missteps” by Marc Freeman for The South Florida Sun Sentinel
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