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Brazilian lawmaker/president’s son celebrates U.S. president with U.S. president’s son at U.S. president’s private club
A member of Brazil’s Congress and the son of the country’s right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, Eduardo Bolsonaro was at Mar-a-Lago Saturday night for a party celebrating President Trump’s second year in office. In the last election, Eduardo received more votes than any other candidate for Brazil’s congress, according to Reuters.
Per Bolsonaro’s Instagram post, via Google Translate:
Great event at Sea to Lake, USA, hosted by one of Trump’s biggest supporters, Toni Kramer. Opportunity to meet good people, who think similar to us and then deepen these relationships. From the upper left clockwise: @ one of the children of President Trump [Eric]; the very sympathetic Toni Kramer; the famous judge Jeanine Pirro @judge_jeanine who has television program showing his work; Mike Lindell @michaeljlindell, former drug addict today millionaire pro-philanthropy entrepreneur; Jon Voight, Oscar-winning actor, conservative exponent and father of Angelina Jolie.
After Kramer’s mention of his father got a round of applause, the younger Bolsonaro took the stage and told the crowd, “Build that wall! Brazilians are supporting you!”
Bolsonaro was one of 700 people at Mar-a-Lago Saturday night
tickets ranged from $500 per person to $20,000 for a table, with most around $1,000
Bolsonaro “told a reporter his father would be making a trip to Washington in mid-March to meet with Trump”
High-paying Trump Hotel D.C. VIP/brand ambassador nominated to be U.N. ambassador too
From “Trump announces nomination of Kelly Knight Craft to be ambassador to United Nations” by Philip Rucker and Anne Gearan for The Washington Post:
The Crafts [Kelly Knight and her husband, Joe, the president and chief executive of coal producer Alliance Resource Partners] also have been repeat, high-paying customers at Trump’s hotel in Washington, according to a list of “VIP Arrivals” distributed to hotel staff on June 19, 2018. That list, obtained by The Washington Post, was intended to help staff identify the Trump International Hotel’s most important customers as they checked in.
The Crafts were listed as gold-level members of the Trump Card rewards program when they checked in for a three-day stay. They were also described as “high-rate” customers, and their listing bore the notation R(20), which former Trump Hotels employees have said indicates customers who’ve stayed at least 20 times. That was an unusually high number among the hundreds of Trump hotel guests whose VIP listings have been reviewed by The Post.
Kelly Knight Craft also seems to be an unofficial brand ambassador for her boss’s hotel too:
When Ontario premier Doug Ford was spotted at the Trump Hotel D.C. last September, it was Craft who invited him there according to both Ford’s staff and Canada’s embassy in the United States.
Then-EPA administrator Scott Pruitt dined with Joe Craft and the Alliance board at BLT Prime in April 2017. Kelly Knight Craft appears to have been the one to suggest the venue.
Rep. James Comer (R–KY) ate there recently with Craft. A spokesperson for Comer did not return an inquiry about who suggested the venue.
University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach, John Calipari, stayed at the Trump Hotel in July 2017 when he was in D.C. to lobby senators on behalf of Craft’s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Canada. At the time, a spokesperson for the athletics department told your correspondent that that department paid for Calipari’s stay. The athletics department does not receive tax dollars, instead relying on ticket stales, licensing deals, and donations. One of the biggest donors to UK sports: Joe Craft.
The Crafts are the third set of Trump Hotel D.C. VIPs that The Post has shared from its stash of the hotel’s arrivals lists, joining T-Mobile CEO John Legere (along with his fellow executives) and coal mogul Bob Murray. While Trump has not publicly weighed in on T-Mobile’s proposed merger with Sprint, he endorsed Murray’s move to keep open an aging coal plant. The Tennessee Valley Authority, however, disagreed with Trump and thwarted Murray.
Diamond and Silk kick off Chit Chat Live tour; hours later president tweets his affection
And in case you’re wondering who pays $90 to $200 to see Diamond and Silk in person…
Congresswoman takes to House floor to decline Kuwaiti embassy invite
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D–OH) is one of the 196 Democratic lawmakers from the last Congress to sue President Trump for violating the Constitution’s emoluments clauses. That complaint cited the president’s ownership of the Trump Hotel D.C. Kuwait invited her to its national day celebration at that very same hotel. From the House floor, Kaptur declined the invite. (Because of a formatting limitation, select the link to watch the video.)
Kaptur is at least the second plaintiff the Kuwaitis invited to their celebration, joining Rep. Steve Cohen (D–TN). He also declined.
Sorry, president’s hotel already sold out for president’s Fourth of July celebration
Visiting D.C. to sing the National Anthem at the White House, Sharon Baggett Anderson wrote on Facebook that if she’d told the Trump Hotel D.C. what brought her to town, she would have received a discount there. Representatives from the hotel and the Trump Organization have not responded to an inquiry asking if the hotel offers discounts to guests at the White House.
The owner of a manufacturer rep/consulting services firm in the defense industry, Heather Elliott, just booked tea for a group at the commander-in-chief’s hotel. She made sure to let the hotel’s managing director know.
The president of the Harford County [Maryland] Republican Women, Linda Stine Flint, was at the head of her party’s hotel to see Diamond and Silk and spent money on food and drinks beforehand.
The Family Research Council’s digital research director, John Wesley Reid, ate dessert at the president’s hotel.
Other Trump Organization news
“Cohen gave prosecutors new information on the Trump family business” by Ben Protess, William K. Rashbaum, and Maggie Haberman for The New York Times
“Trump Organization reports small bump in foreign government profits in 2018” by Jonathan O’Connell for The Washington Post
“Kushner Cos. seeks federal loan in biggest deal in decade, sources say” by Lily Katz, David Kocieniewski, and Caleb Melby for Bloomberg
“For the second time in two days, a building called Trump Place decides to take down the president’s name” by David A. Fahrenthold for The Washington Post
“He’s a pioneering attorney and Haitian immigrant who’s leading the emoluments lawsuit. He engineered some of Dems’ biggest wins in 2018. So why haven’t you heard of Karl Racine?” By Harry Jaffee for Politico.
“Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump role in suspect deals may be revealed by Cohen testimony, Omarosa speculates”by Jason Le Miere for Newsweek
“In the ongoing emoluments lawsuit regarding foreign payments made to President Donald Trump through his Washington, D.C. hotel, NAU’s [Northern Arizona University’s] Jesse Egbert and Georgia State University’s Clark Cunningham submitted data not in support of either side, but in the interest of language.” By Kaitlin Olson for the Arizona Daily Sun.
“Trump tells his lawyers: Stay for the coming legal hellscape” by Asawin Suebsaeng and Erin Banco for The Daily Beast
“Donald Trump’s biggest fans are obsessed with socialism” by Tarini Parti for BuzzFeed News
“Late last month, more than 100 major Republican donors gathered at the Trump International Hotel for a presentation from the president’s campaign manager Brad Parscale and other top political hands on their plans to keep the White House in 2020 after a brutal midterm election. But several of the GOP contributors left the two-day retreat in Washington dissatisfied, dogged by essentially the same concern: The president doesn’t really have a strategy to win reelection.” By Anita Kumar and Maggie Severns for Politico.
House investigations, current status (latest change, Feb. 21, 2019)
Financial Services—Sent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank on Jan. 24.
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.
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.
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 a White House attorney and one of Trump’s personal attorneys provided “false information” to the Office of Government Ethics regarding Michael Cohen’s “hush-money payments.” A Feb. 20 memo from the majority laid out the scope for the Feb. 27 hearing with Michael Cohen. Topics include the Trump Hotel D.C.
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)
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 are scheduled for March 19. The AGs filed their brief opposing the president’s appeal on Feb. 6, stating, “The President is not entitled to an order requiring the district court to certify for interlocutory review its denial of his motion to dismiss. No court has ever issued such relief.” Trump’s DOJ attorneys replied on Feb. 21: “Plaintiffs fundamentally err, substantively and procedurally.”
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.”
196 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 Donald 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.
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. The next steps, which don’t yet have a timeline, include setting a briefing schedule and both sides filing appellate briefs.
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
One thing that has nothing to do with Trump’s businesses (I think, tough to tell sometimes!)
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