Kuwait invites a plaintiff

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Kuwait invited a Congressman suing Trump for violating the foreign emoluments clause to its party at the Trump Hotel D.C.

Last night on Twitter, Rep. Steve Cohen (D–TN) shared his invite to Kuwait’s independence day celebration at the Trump Hotel D.C. next month. Cohen’s one of the 196 Democratic Senators and Representatives who filed a lawsuit against President Trump in June 2017, accusing him of violating the Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause—a lawsuit that cites Kuwait’s 2017 independence day party at the hotel as an example of the president profiting from a foreign government. Awkward!

Cohen’s communications director did not immediately respond to an inquiry asking if the Congressman planned on attending and if he knew whether any of the co-plaintiffs also were invited. But based on Cohen liking a tweet that asked “Safe to report you won’t be attending attending?,” it seems safe to say the embassy can put Cohen down as a “no.”

Lawmakers updated emoluments suit to include GSA IG’s report

Yesterday, lawyers for the 196 Democratic Senators and Representatives suing President Trump for violating the U.S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clauses filed a notice of supplemental authority, notifying the court of the GSA inspector general’s report. The IG said GSA failed to consider if the Trump Hotel D.C.’s lease was in compliance with the U.S. Constitution after Donald Trump became president.

From the lawmakers’ filing:

The judge is currently considering Trump’s appeal of a September 2018 ruling that granted the legislators’ standing.

Conservative book club meetings planned

The Washington, D.C. Conservative Book Club has two upcoming meetings scheduled for the president’s hotel. Slated for discussion are books by one current and one former Trump advisor:

  • “Trump’s America: The Truth about Our Nation’s Great Comeback by Newt Gingrich on Feb. 26

  • Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politicsby Chris Christie on April 3

Correction

Yesterday’s 1100 Pennsylvania had the wrong link embedded for “A big Trump case hinges on the definition of ‘emoluments.’ A new study has bad news for him.” by Aaron Blake for The Washington Post. It’s been corrected in the web version of the newsletter, and you can access the story here by selecting this link.

Noteworthy sightings

The president of the Black Conservative Federation, Diante Johnson, gave a special shout-out yesterday to Secretary of Homeland Security Kristjen Nielsen. To illustrate his well wishes, Johnson shared an undated picture of them together at Nielsen’s boss’s hotel.

Legislative assistant to Rep. Jodey Arrington (R–TX), Kaley Matis, celebrated her birthday with former White House office of cabinet affairs intern, Ashtyn Davis.

New campaign expenditure

Vice President Mike Pence’s Great America Committee spent another $9,575.40 at his boss’s hotel in November 2018. [H/T Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington’s Matt Corley]

Other Trump Organization news

House investigations, current status (latest change, Jan. 25, 2019)

  • Financial ServicesSent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank on Jan. 24.

  • Foreign Affairs—Chair 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.

  • IntelligenceSent an inquiry to Deutsche Bank AG on its ties to Trump, according to the bank on Jan. 24.

  • Oversight and Reform—Chair 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.

  • Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management—Chair Dina Titus (D–NV) announced plans to investigate “Donald Trump’s attempts to prevent the relocation of the F.B.I headquarters and to profit from his presidency at his D.C. hotel” on Jan. 24.

Legal cases, current status (latest change, Jan. 31, 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!)

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R–CA) was one of 21 Instagram users to like this 9/11-gender joke:

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