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Farage among CPAC revelers at Trump’s hotel; previous visits cited in emoluments lawsuit

In the D.C. area for CPAC, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage hung out with fellow conference attendees at the U.S. president’s hotel last night.

Farage made the 10.6-mile drive from the Gaylord to the Trump Hotel D.C. at least twice previously (although it appears this year he was at the president’s hotel before attending CPAC, rather than afterwards). The D.C. and Maryland attorneys general cited this change of venues as evidence of a Maryland venue losing business to the president’s hotel in their emoluments lawsuit versus President Trump:

Farage’s return marked the second time this week that the Trump Hotel D.C. received repeat patronage from a client already cited in an emoluments lawsuit. This Tuesday, the Kuwaiti embassy celebrated its national day for the third straight year at the U.S. president’s private business (new info on that event appears later in this issue of 1100 Pennsylvania).

Farage’s presence at the Trump Hotel D.C. didn’t go unnoticed by all the CPAC goers who switched venues after the conference’s events ended for the day.

Also spotted at the Trump Hotel D.C. last night after CPAC:

As for CPAC’s affect on the president’s bottom line, a guest who apparently stayed at the hotel while in town for the American Academy of Dermatology’s annual meeting (the Trump Hotel D.C. is an official hotel for the event) reported that the lobby was packed at midnight. And executive chef, Oliver Beckert shared that business was good last night too.

The Kuwaiti embassy party update: Conway was there too

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway attended Kuwait’s national day celebration Tuesday at the Trump Hotel D.C. according to the Kuwait News Agency. This new sighting is in addition to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and HUD Secretary Ben Carson, whose presence at their boss’s hotel for this foreign government’s event was reported in Wednesday’s 1100 Pennsylvania.

Additionally, a tipster reports seeing the ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the United States, Hunaina al-Mughair. And Fox News national security expert Walid Phares posted photos on Thursday showing him at the hotel. Like Conway and Ross, Phares went to last year’s celebration too. (While the Kuwait News Agency claimed that Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was present, the department’s Twitter account later said that a scheduling conflict precluded him from attending.)

Other noteworthy sighting

Former Rep. Pete Sessions (R–TX) apparently discussed “future blooming business ventures” at BLT Prime.

Other Trump Organization news

House investigations, current status (latest changes, March 1, 2019)

  • Financial ServicesSent 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.

  • UPDATED 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. On Feb. 28, an aide said the panel expects to interview Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. Felix Sater, who was connected to the Trump Moscow project, is scheduled to testify in an open hearing on March 14, with Michael Cohen returning to testify before the panel on March 6.

  • 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,” 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 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 both Passantino and Dillon. 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.

  • 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)

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!)

“Lost Caravaggio painting found in attic could fetch $171 million at auction” by Emily Dixon for CNN

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