Weekly recap: Kuwait, Farage, Bolsonaro's son, Sessions, Ross, Carson spotted

On Saturdays, we recap the week’s top stories; select the day to go to that issue.

Monday

  • Brazilian lawmaker/president’s son celebrates U.S. president with U.S. president’s son at U.S. president’s private club

  • High-paying Trump Hotel D.C. VIP/brand ambassador nominated to be U.N. ambassador too

  • Diamond and Silk kick off Chit Chat Live tour; hours later president tweets his affection

  • Congresswoman takes to House floor to decline Kuwaiti embassy invite

Tuesday

  • Despite Trump Org’s wishes, foreign government officials can’t stop popping up at Trump properties

  • Hotel’s managing director wants you to know he has a busy week. Here’s why!

  • Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was at his boss’s hotel where lobbyist Art Estopinan “congratulated him on an AWESOME JOB!!!” Estopnian has an impressive list of U.S. and foreign clients.

Wednesday

  • Trump Cabinet members Ross and Carson fêted Kuwait at Trump’s hotel

  • Trump, Inc. spent a night at the Trump Hotel D.C.

  • The Republican National Committee spent another $2,487.90 at Trump properties, mostly the D.C. hotel, in January 2019.

Thursday

  • What Cohen’s testimony told us about the Trump Org’s business practices

  • D.C. AG subpoenaed the Trump inaugural committee

  • Believe it or not, former attorney general Jeff Sessions knows how to party, according to Fox News pundit and Trump campaign advisor, Harlan Hill.

  • Trump Organization event planner turned HUD region 2 head, Lynne Patton, appeared to lunch at the Trump Hotel D.C. shortly after Rep. Mark Meadows (R–NC) deployed her during the Cohen hearing to debunk allegations that President Trump is racist.

Friday

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

  • The Kuwaiti embassy party update: Conway was there too

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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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