Sen. Cotton was featured guest at Army ball

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Sen. Tom Cotton was the featured speaker at the Old Guard’s ball

More photos of the Army’s 3rd U.S. infantry regiment’s fourth battalion’s annual ball—held last Thursday at commander-in-chief Donald Trump’s D.C. hotel— have turned up online [h/t Twitter user @jimmyfcampbell]. Posted to the battalion’s Facebook page, they show Sen. Tom Cotton (R–AR) and battalion commander LTC Jeffery Burroughs addressing the troops from behind a Trump Hotels-branded lectern. The regiment’s Facebook page described Cotton as a guest speaker at the event.

Details of the ball were first reported in last Friday’s 1100 Pennsylvania. Executive summary:

  • a battalion spokesperson said no government funds were spent at the hotel

  • soldiers paid for their tickets themselves

  • tickets cost $80 each and 356 were sold

  • President Trump, of course, still owns the hotel and can profit from it—meaning money from soldiers in the U.S. Army could have gone right to the top of the military’s chain of command

Noteworthy sightings

In D.C. for meetings, including with former Secretary of Education and Drug Czar William Bennett, the National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association’s chair, the chair of its government affairs committee, and another board member stayed at the Trump Hotel D.C. The NDASA held its National Conference's board of directors meeting at the hotel last April too.

Other Trump Organization news

House investigations, current status (latest change, Feb. 8, 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.

  • 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 for 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.

  • 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 the 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. DeFazio and Titus requested a reply by Feb. 8. 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. 7, 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!)

Yesterday’s Page 6 reported that Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle were due for a low-key Valentine’s Day celebration:

Trump is planning a quiet Valentine’s Day dinner at a restaurant with his darling. “I’m probably more of a fisherman than I am a romantic, not to say that you can’t do both,” he admitted with a smile. “We’re just going to hang out. We’re all traveling a lot over the coming weeks so we’re going to do a nice calm thing, just the two of us.”

That '“nice calm thing” included a whole bunch of twieeting:

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