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GOP Group Blasts Pence For Indifference To Trump’s Corruption With Scathing “Who Cares?” Ad [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: A GOP group critical of President Donald Trump is now targeting Vice President Mike Pence to call out what it considers corruption in the administration. An ad that will air on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday accuses Pence of hypocrisy for not objecting to foreign governments’ spending at Trump hotels after having criticized the Clinton Foundation for accepting …

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Appeals Court Revives Emoluments Suit Against Trump

Law & Crime reports: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Friday brought back to life an emoluments-related lawsuit against President Donald Trump. The lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) had previously been dismissed for lack of standing. The lawsuit is revived at a time when “potential violations of the Foreign and …

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Trump Promotes Own Golf Resort For Next G7 Summit

Reuters reports: President Trump said Monday that next year’s Group of Seven (G-7) summit will likely be held in Miami, and that his Doral golf resort is a contender to host the annual meeting. When asked by reporters if he would host the summit at Trump National Doral Miami, Trump indicated it was a strong possibility. “They love the location …

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Trump Wants To Hold G7 Summit At His Golf Resort

Florida Politics reports: With the U.S. set to play host for next year’s G7 meeting of world leaders, the Donald Trump administration is considering using Trump National Doral to host the event. As President, Trump has utilized his properties in an unprecedented manner. While Trump resigned from the Trump Organization prior to being inaugurated, his family still controls the trust …

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Foreign Delegations, Lobbyists, And Special Interest Groups Lavish Business On Trump’s Washington Hotel

The Guardian reports: On 25 July, the conservative Heartland Institute is slated to host a one-day meeting at the Trump International Hotel, just a few blocks from the White House. It will feature leading climate science deniers who will discuss issues like “the benefits of ending the Democrats’ war on fossil fuels”, according to the institute. Last month, as Donald …

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Trump Tweet Promotes His “Spectacular” Golf Courses

Yahoo News reports: President Donald Trump kicked off the weekend with yet another wild retweeting rampage on his favorite social media platform. In what is becoming something of a Saturday morning habit for the president, Trump reposted two dozen tweets from people promoting his favorite talking points. Trump shared posts from his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., Vice President Mike …

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Court Boots Emoluments Case Against Trump’s Hotel

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump on Wednesday won the dismissal of a lawsuit against him by Maryland and the District of Columbia that challenged payments made to his Washington hotel by foreigners while he has been in the White House. A three-judge panel in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in a decision said that Maryland …

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22 Foreign Governments Have Spent Money At Trump Properties: Hotels, Condos, Resorts, And Restaurants

NBC News reports: Representatives of at least 22 foreign governments appear to have spent money at Trump Organization properties, an NBC News review has found, hinting at a significant foreign cash flow to the American president that critics say violates the U.S. Constitution. The extent and amount of foreign spending at Trump’s hotels, golf clubs and restaurants is not known, …

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DOJ Seeks Appeal Of Ruling On Emoluments Clause

The Hill reports: The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday requested that a judge allow a higher court review previous rulings in favor of a lawsuit alleging President Trump has violated the Emoluments Clause. The DOJ attorneys argue in the filing that there is enough “difference of opinion” on the legal questions in the lawsuit, including the definition of the …

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White House Paid Mar-A-Lago Bar Tab After Trump Crew Helped Themselves To $1000 Worth Of Top Shelf Booze

We join this story in mid-grift: At some point later that evening, a group repaired to Mar-a-Lago’s Library Bar, a wood-paneled study with a portrait of Trump in tennis whites (titled “The Visionary”) hanging nearby. The group asked the bartender to leave the room so it “could speak confidentially,” according to an email written by Mar-a-Lago’s catering director, Brooke Watson. …

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General Services Administration: Feds Chose To Ignore The Constitution Regarding Trump’s Washington Hotel

Politico reports: Lawyers for the General Services Administration chose to “ignore” the U.S. Constitution and other legal precedents when they allowed the Trump International Hotel to maintain its lease on the Old Post Office building even after Donald Trump became president, the GSA’s internal watchdog said on Wednesday. In a 47-page report, the GSA’s inspector general said government lawyers were …

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Appeals Court Suspends Emoluments Suit After Trump’s DOJ Complains Shutdown Hinders Their Defense Work

Talking Points Memo reports: The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals froze a lawsuit accusing Trump of violating the constitution’s emoluments clause, after DOJ attorneys asked for a halt to their appeal, saying that the ongoing government shutdown will prevent them from doing their work. “The Department does not know when funding will be restored by Congress,” DOJ attorneys representing Trump …

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Justice Department Seeks To Block Emoluments Lawsuit

CNN reports: Previously, the DC and Maryland lawsuit alleging the President had received illegal gifts through the Trump International Hotel was moving to its discovery phase, with the state attorneys general sending out several subpoenas, including to the Trump Organization. A federal judge had allowed the lawsuit against Trump’s businesses to move forward from the states, though the judge had …

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Court OK’s Emoluments Subpoenas Over Trump Hotel

Politico reports: A federal judge on Monday said lawyers for Maryland and Washington, D.C., can begin issuing subpoenas in a lawsuit that accuses President Donald Trump of using his luxury hotel in Washington to unconstitutionally profit from his political office. The attorneys general in Maryland and Washington say they plan to serve as many as 20 companies and government agencies …

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Ivanka Made $4M From Trump’s DC Hotel In 2017

Politico reports: President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump made $3.9 million in profit last year off her stake in the Trump International Hotel, while taking in at least $5 million from businesses connected to her personal brand, a newly released financial disclosure shows. Ivanka Trump also reported taking in about $2 million in 2017 pay and severance from …

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Federal Court: Dems’ Emoluments Suit Can Proceed

The Washington Post reports: A federal judge on Friday gave the go-ahead to a lawsuit filed by 200 congressional Democrats against President Trump alleging he has violated the Constitution by doing business with foreign governments while in office. The lawsuit is based on the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which bars presidents from taking payments from foreign states. Trump’s business, which he …

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DC Lets Trump Hotel Keep Its Liquor License

CNN reports: Washington’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met on Wednesday to consider a review into whether President Donald Trump has the character to sell alcohol in the nation’s capital. In a terse announcement Wednesday afternoon, the board said its interpretation of local law made them opt not to act at this time, allowing Trump’s DC properties to continue as they …

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Republicans Have Spent Millions At Trump Properties

McClatchy reports: At least 125 Republican campaigns and conservative political groups spent more than $3.5 million at President Donald Trump’s resorts, hotels and restaurants since January 2017, the month he was sworn in, according to an analysis by McClatchy. The money paid for catering for a fundraiser at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla. , a night’s stay at …

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Trump Gets $534K Federal Rent Credit For DC Hotel

The Washington Post reports: The General Services Administration granted a $534,000 rental credit to the Trump Organization’s D.C. hotel for providing “security, utilities and janitorial services” to support tours of the building’s clock tower run by the National Park Service, federal officials said, an adjustment that contracting experts say illustrates the highly unusual arrangement between the company owned by President …

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NYC Trump Hotel Rev Surges Thanks To Saudi Prince

The Washington Post reports: The general manager of the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan had a rare bit of good news to report to investors this spring: After two years of decline, revenue from room rentals went up 13 percent in the first three months of 2018. What caused the uptick at President Trump’s flagship hotel in New York? One …

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