Trump’s DC Hotel Spiked Room Rates From $500 To $6,700 For Trump Event

Ethics watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) reports that Trump Hotel DC spiked its daily room rates from the minimum $500 to a whopping $6,719 on December 14 2019, the same day the Trump Victory Committee had an event there(a staggering 13-fold spike in price). Because President Trump has yet to divest from his hotel, it is fair to say, and CREW says as much, that the proceeds from this obscene price hike went straight into Trump’s pockets.

The Trump Victory Committee(TVC) is a joint fundraising group that raises funds collectively for the Trump 2020 campaign, the republican national committee(RNC) and the various state republican committees rather than having these entities raise funds individually. It is the best testament to date that the modern GOP is 100% Trump’s party which leaves absolutely no room for a GOP primary challenger to President Trump.

According to CREW which did some digging, the minimum rate for a room at Trump Hotel DC a few days before December 14 was $500. Strangely however, all the “cheap” rooms were unavailable on December 14, meaning patrons had to cough up $6,719 for a room. The $6,719 reportedly came with a few extra political perks namely, a chance to dine with Vice President Mike Pence, attend an event headlined by Trump’s Counselor Kellyanne Conway, and even meet President Trump himself. Nice!!

For the record, political campaigns run by both Republicans and Democrats regularly throw in political perks in an effort maximize their fundraising–$10,000 per plate, a chance to meet the president etc. In this particular case for example, Trump supporters would find it perfectly reasonable to pay $6,719 for a room if that gave them a chance to meet and take pictures with the president. What is different here however, which CREW is absolutely right to take issue with, is the fact that Trump has never divested from his businesses, which include Trump Hotel DC.

Therefore when his hotel spikes its minimum room price from $500 to $6,719 for such an event, it raises glaring conflict of interest questions because one can reasonably assume that the hotel and by extension Trump, pockets all or part of the the $6,719. President Trump is therefore personally profiting from this event, in violation of the domestic emoluments clause.

It also bears pointing out that per CREW, this is not the first time Trump’s DC Hotel has spiked room rates when hosting GOP-related fundraising events. This one particularly troubled the good folks at CREW because of the obscene 13-fold spike in rates, the highest they have ever seen, and an absolute travesty.

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly has repeatedly stated before, the brazen corruption of the Trump administration is not normal and the only way we can prevent him and his cronies from normalizing it is if we scream about it. Hosting a GOP fundraiser at Trump’s hotel is inherently a conflict of interest. Spiking hotel rates 13-fold on top of that? That’s corruption, plain and simple!!

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Bribery Alleged As Foreign Govt Overbooks Trump Hotel Rooms

Remember when somebody projected the words “PAY TRUMP BRIBES HERE” at his DC hotel and the brouhaha that ensued? Well, according to a Politico piece, there is currently an investigation by the House Oversight Committee into this very topic–attempted bribery of President Trump.

Apparently, a foreign government (unspecified) and a local trade association booked a lot of rooms at Trump’s DC hotel, but only used a fraction of the rooms. Reasonable people will agree that it is very strange for an individual or an organization to book a large number of rooms at a pricey hotel like Trump’s and only use some of them. The House Oversight Committee is rightfully looking at this as an effort to bribe the president.

Rep Gerry Connolly (D-VA), a member of the House Oversight Committee said “Now we’re looking at near raw bribery…that was the risk from Day One: foreign governments and others trying to seek favor because we know Trump pays attention to this. … It’s an obvious attempt to curry favor with him.”

Its also important to point out here that this is precisely the reason why public officials are strongly advised to fully divest from their business interests upon assuming office. Contrary to popular belief, divestiture is actually for the public official’s own good and not meant as a “punishment” or burden as most people assume. In this particular case for example, even though there may be a perfectly legitimate reason for the booked hotel rooms to go unused, Trump cannot avoid the appearance of impropriety because he owns the hotel. Had he fully divested as he had promised to do prior to assuming office he would not have to deal with these bribery allegations.

Politico further reports that the House Oversight Committee is looking into this alleged bribery incident as part of the impeachment inquiry which means if they discover some concrete evidence, emoluments clause violations and public corruption may be among the articles of impeachment

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly has repeatedly stated before, the brazen corruption of the Trump administration is not normal and the only way we can prevent him and his cronies from normalizing it is if we scream about it. If the House Oversight Committee digs up evidence of bribery in this investigation, they should not hesitate to incorporate them into the articles of impeachment. Speaker Pelosi is absolutely right that the focus of the impeachment inquiry should be on Ukraine. Democrats however should not close the door to Trump’s flagrant use of his office for personal enrichment. He needs to be held accountable for that too.

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Pompeo Attemps To Normalize Trump’s Emoluments Clause Violations

Speaking at a Republican political event held at Trump Tower (as sickening as that sounds already), Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a sorry attempt at normalizing President Trump’s emoluments clause violations by addressing it as a joke. It was very clear what the Secretary of State was trying to convey with his “joke” and that is, that he and his fellow Republicans think concerns about corruption/self-dealing by Trump are all a big joke being peddled by the media–in this case the Washington Post which he specifically referred to.

Specifically, Pompeo jockingly said, “I look around. This is such a beautiful hotel. The guy who owns it must have been successful somewhere along the way.” He then looked up and added, “That was for the Washington Post.” There’s no other way to read Sec Pompeo’s “joke” other than an effort to characterize Trump’s emoluments clause violations as a non consequential matter that only the media cares about. We’ve heard similar arguments from Trump and his son Don,Jr who routinely dismiss important questions with the refrain, “only the fake media cares about that.”

One has to admit that that it is very troubling to hear someone like Sec Pompeo who whether you agree with his politics or not, is incredibly well regarded in Washington by both Democrats and Republicans, seemingly excusing corruption. The fact that he too appears to have been wholly swallowed by the corruption cesspit that is the Trump administration, that he feels very comfortable normalizing such behavior, should be sending alarm bells everywhere.

You’ll also remember that after Vice President Mike Pence’s recent visit to Ireland that caused a huge emoluments clause scandal, Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent Sec Pompeo a sternly-worded letter asking him to explain the extent of his State Department’s involvement in VP Pence’s decision to stay at Trump’s Irish resort. Sec Pompeo therefore, should be the last person joking about emoluments clause violations.

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly has repeatedly stated before, the brazen corruption of the Trump administration is not normal and the only way we can prevent him and his cronies from normalizing it is if we scream about it. We must not allow Sec Pompeo or anyone else for that matter, to normalize Trump’s corruption and Yours Truly sincerely hopes congressional Democrats and the mainstream media will severely call him out for his “joke” about public corruption. Simply put folks, there’s nothing funny about public corruption and if Sec Pompeo doesn’t get it then he definitely needs to get out of public service.

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Trump Has More Than 2,300 Conflicts Of Interest

CREW‘s Executive Director Noah Bookbinder yesterday appeared on CNN’s Outfront with Erin Burnett and made the bombshell revelation that according to their study, President Trump has more than 2,300 conflicts of interest. Importantly, Bookbinder said that the 2,300 number only accounts for the conflicts they [CREW] know about adding that the actual figure is higher because there are undoubtedly other conflicts of interest CREW is yet to uncover.

This level of corruption is absolutely shocking even by Trump administration standards. Five, maybe ten conflicts of interest for a public official would constitute alarming levels of corruption. Where, as here, we are talking about 2,000 plus cases, reasonable people will agree that we are in a whole new and very troubling territory. The entire Outfront segment is available here but the relevant clip is below.

Specifically, Bookbinder told CNN’s Erin Burnett, “We recently did a study where we found that in the past two and a half years there have been 2,300, more than 2,300 instances of conflicts of interest between the President’s business, his Presidency and those who are trying to influence it and it is literally multiple times a day that either members of Congress, members of the executive branch, political allies of the President, industries that are trying to influence him are bringing business to his properties. Those are only the ones that we know about because they have been publicly reported. There are undoubtedly more–foreign governments, domestic governments, and the list goes on..”

If you told a Republican in 2015 that in 2019 we would have a Republican President openly engaging in these shocking levels of corruption they would absolutely call you crazy. If you added that the Republican President would not only engage in these shocking levels of corruption but that fiscal conservatives would openly partake in and defend the said corruption, then you would be risking your life because the said 2015 Republican would probably exercise his 2nd amendment rights on you. Sadly, given CREW Executive Director Bookbinder’s revelation, this unthinkable scenario of extreme public corruption is exactly where we find ourselves today. We must not allow this to go on unchallenged.

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly has repeatedly stated before, the brazen corruption of the Trump administration is not normal and the only way we can prevent him and his cronies from normalizing it is if we scream about it. No reasonable person can with a straight face, defend a sitting President of the United States having more than 2,300 conflicts of interest as a result of businesses he was advised to fully divest from and decided not to. This is the quintessential in-your-face corruption that Americans have a moral obligation to push back against.

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Ronna McDaniel Helping Trump Pocket RNC Money

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel

Troubling Huffington Post piece exposes how the Republican National Committee (RNC) under Ronna McDaniel is increasingly spending money at Trump’s properties across the nation, essentially lining Trump’s pockets. It is well known, certainly to RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, that Trump never fully divested from his business interests when he became President in 2016. Therefore Ronna McDaniel cannot turn around and say she doesn’t know that by holding RNC events at Trump’s properties, she is essentially lining Trump’s pockets. This is, to use Sen Elizabeth Warren’s famous wording, “corruption, plain and simple.”

According to the Huffington Post piece, during the first two years of Trump’s presidency, RNC spent $1.3 million at Trump properties. Now that the Emoluments Clause debate is front and center after Vice President Mike Pence’s Ireland scandal, one can only hope that the mainstream media will finally confront Chair McDaniel and ask her to justify RNC spending at Trump’s properties.

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly has repeatedly stated before, the brazen corruption of the Trump administration is not normal and the only way we can prevent him and his cronies from normalizing it is if we scream about it. It’s about time someone screamed about RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel’s plains and simple corruption!!

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AG Barr Paid Trump Hotel DC $30,000 For Party

With the troubling news that a long list of Republican politicians are patronizing Trump’s properties to appease him or gain favor with him, we can now safely add to the list, sitting Attorney General William Barr

AG Barr has reportedly paid Trump Hotel in DC $30,000 for a yead-end party. Questioned about this, AG Barr defended himself saying (a) this was not a Department of Justice party, (b) that these were his funds, not taxpayer dollars and (c) believe it or not, that he could not find any other hotel in DC to host his year-end party. Sad indeed.

The problem with AG Barr’s defense (aside from the unbelievable lie) is that there is a growing narrative among the public that Republican politicians are patronizing Trump’s properties to buy favors from him. You don’t have to take Yours Truly’s word for it, a Republican politician recently confessed to that. (see Hardball with Chris Matthews clip below)

Specifically, the Republican politician said, “When you have an event there [Trump Hotel] or do something there, it signifies that you are supporting the president, and supporting what he is doing…It sends a clear message.” There is no other way to read this statement other than Republicans are spending money at Trump’s properties to buy favors from him–essentially bribing him.

Additionally, people in legal circles know how important it is for people in positions of authority to not only steer clear of improprities but to also avoid even the “appearance of impropriety”. A sitting U.S. Attorney General paying $30,000 to a Trump hotel at a time when there’s growing public sentiment that politicians are patronizing Trump’s hotels to buy favors is the quintessential “appearance of impropriety.”

Even with this glaring appearance of impropriety, AG Barr has chosen to proceed full steam ahead with his party at Trump’s hotel because to him, appeasing Trump is all that matters, DOJ’s credibility be damned!!

Bottom line folks, there are already a litany of reasons justifying calls for AG Barr’s resignation–misrepresenting the Mueller report, politicizing DOJ, Epstein suicide etc. This latest example where he pays a Trump establishment $30,000 to appease him, knowing full well how corrupt this appears to the general public, should definitely lead to his ouster. Simply put, DOJ cannot/ must not be seen to be festering a culture of corruption and Barr’s $30,000 payment to Trump’s hotel does just that

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