Tag Archives: emoluments

DOJ Defends Trump’s DC Hotel In Federal Court, Claims Business From Foreign Governments Aren’t Emoluments

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump’s hotel company did not break the law by doing business with other countries, a Justice Department lawyer told a federal judge Monday. The state of Maryland and the District Columbia have accused Trump of capitalizing on the presidency and causing harm to local businesses that compete with his Washington hotel. Monday’s arguments before ...

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Trump Lawyers Tell Federal Court That Members Of Congress Have No Standing In Emoluments Lawsuit

Politico reports: Lawyers representing about 200 Democratic members of Congress urged a federal judge on Thursday to allow them to press ahead with a lawsuit seeking to block President Donald Trump from taking payments and other benefits from foreign governments doing business with his corporate empire. Nearly a year after the suit was filed, Judge Emmet Sullivan of U.S. District ...

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China Grants 13 New Trademarks To Ivanka Trump

The Associated Press reports: Ivanka Trump’s brand continues to win foreign trademarks in China and the Philippines, adding to questions about conflicts of interest at the White House, The Associated Press has found. On Sunday, China granted the First Daughter’s company final approval for its 13th trademark in the last three months, trademark office records show. Over the same period, ...

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Giuliani Reverses On Mueller Interview: Trump Should Do It, It Gets It Over With, It Makes My Client Happy

The Washington Post reports: President Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani switched gears Wednesday, saying that he would prefer the president grant an interview to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s office and that a decision would be made within “the next couple weeks.” “I guess I’d rather do the interview. It gets it over with it, it makes my client ...

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Trump Profited $40 Million From DC Hotel In 2017

USA Today reports: The president’s income from his company’s hotel in Washington, D.C. topped $40 million last year, according to a copy of his annual financial disclosure report released on Wednesday, making the property a clear winner among a portfolio which showed mixed results. The Trump International Hotel, located less than one mile from the White House, has emerged a ...

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Trump Agrees To Keynote Fundraiser For Anti-Abortion Group After They Advertise It Will Be Held At His Hotel

Media Matters reports: In anticipation of its annual gala, the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) has been promoting official room blocks for the event at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., and running a contest in which the prize includes a free stay at the property during the gala. On May 14, during the White House ...

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Former Obama Ethics Official Tees Off On Chinese Govt Funding Of Trump Project: See You In Court, Mr. Trump

New York Magazine reports: About 72 hours before Trump developed a friendlier attitude toward Beijing, the Chinese government agreed to pump $500 million into an Indonesian theme park that will benefit the Trump Organization — and thus the president himself, since he refused to divest from his company when he took office. The Chinese government just extended a loan to ...

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Trump Golfs For 111th Time Since Taking Office

Golf News reports: Trump arrived at the DC-area golf club at 10:30 a.m., per CBS reporter Mark Knoller. The round of golf was his first of the weekend, coming after Trump made controversial remarks on Saturday night in a speech in Cleveland. Expect Trump to spend more weekends when in D.C. at this 36-hole facility which hosted the 2017 Senior ...

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Trump Asks Federal Court To Dismiss Emoluments Suit

CNN reports: President Donald Trump has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit accusing him of violating the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause related to private payments from other governments. Trump is asking the judge to dismiss the complaint against him as an individual. He’s also being sued separately for violating the Emoluments Clause — which prohibits federal officeholders from receiving ...

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Philippine Government Books Trump DC Hotel For Independence Gala As US Considers New Trade Deal

The Manila Mail reports: This year’s Independence Day celebration on June 12 will be held at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC, a go-to establishment favored by foreign delegations from Brazil to Turkey and lobbyists seeking to build ties with the Trump administration. No doubt this is all thanks to our new Ambassador Jose Manuel ‘Babe’ Romualdez. He assumed ...

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Another Trump Infomercial: Many Leaders “Specifically Request” To Visit Me At The “Southern White House”

“Many of the world’s great leaders request to come to Mar-a-Lago and Palm Beach. They like it. I like it. We’re comfortable. We have great relationships as you remember. It was originally built as the southern White House. It was called the southern White House. It was given to the United States and the Jimmy Carter decided it was too ...

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Trump Organization Asked Panamanian President To Intervene In Hotel Control Battle, Invoked US Treaty

The Associated Press reports: U.S. President Donald Trump’s company appealed directly to Panama’s president to intervene in its fight over control of a luxury hotel, even invoking a treaty between the two countries, in what ethics experts say was a blatant mingling of Trump’s business and government interests. That appeal in a letter last month from lawyers for the Trump ...

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Court Greenlights Emoluments Suit Against Trump

CNN reports: A federal judge said Wednesday that a lawsuit alleging foreign gifts made to President Donald Trump may be illegal can proceed. But the ruling from Judge Peter Messitte of the US District Court of Maryland says the Maryland and District of Columbia attorneys general who brought the case will have to focus it on the Trump Organization’s operations ...

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SUMMONS ISSUED: Attorneys General For Washington DC And Maryland Sue Trump Over Emoluments Clause

Washington DC’s NPR affiliate reports: A lawsuit filed by D.C. and Maryland against President Trump over his alleged business conflicts has been expanded to include Trump in his personal capacity as a businessman, which means that a summons has been sent to perhaps the most famous address in Washington: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The attorneys general for both argue in a ...

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RNC Spent $271,000 At Trump Properties Last Month

The Washington Post reports: The Republican National Committee spent roughly $271,000 at President Trump’s private businesses in February, according to documents filed Tuesday evening. The majority of the RNC’s spending at Trump’s private properties last month paid for venue rental and catering at the Trump National Doral Miami resort in Florida and the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Of about ...

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TONIGHT: Mike Pence To Headline Fundraiser For US House Candidate Brother At Trump’s Washington Hotel

Politico reports: Vice President Mike Pence is headlining a Wednesday evening fundraiser for a 2018 candidate he knows well — his brother, Greg. The vice president will host a donor event for Greg Pence at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Greg Pence, a businessman and Marine veteran, is running for Indiana 6th Congressional District, which Mike Pence held prior ...

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Sarah Palin To Keynote Mar-A-Lago GOP Fundraiser

The Palm Beach Post reports: Sarah Palin will keynote the Palm Beach County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day fundraising dinner on Friday at Mar-a-Lago, the party announced today. There’s no word yet on whether the venue’s owner, President Donald Trump, will be in town this weekend to possibly drop in on the dinner. “Surprise guests are always welcome,” says a ...

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Trump Organization Orders Giant Presidential Seal Tee Markers For His Golf Courses, Such Misuse Is A Crime

Pro Publica reports: President Donald Trump loves putting his name on everything from ties to steaks to water — and, of course, his buildings. But now the Trump Organization appears to be borrowing a brand even more powerful than the gilded Trump moniker: the presidential seal. In recent weeks, the Trump Organization has ordered the manufacture of new tee markers ...

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Trump Golfs For 100th Time Since Taking Office

CNN reports: President Donald Trump reached a presidential milestone at his Palm Beach County, Florida, golf club on Saturday: One hundred days in office at a golf club that bears his name. Trump, once a critic of presidential golfing, has ignored his own advice and made a habit of visiting some of the many golf courses emblazoned in his moniker. ...

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RNC Is Paying $37K/Month In Trump Tower Rent

CNBC reports: Soon after the Republican National Committee came under pressure for paying legal bills for President Donald Trump and his eldest son in the special counsel’s Russia probe, it started covering expenses for the president’s re-election campaign. The RNC is using campaign funds to pay Trump’s company more than $37,000 a month in rent, and to pay thousands of ...

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