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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Air Force Implicated In Trump’s Emoluments Clause Violations

A bombshell piece by Politico’s Natasha Bertrand says U.S. Air Force Crews have been making unusual stops at Trump’s Turnberry Resort in Scotland. This of course means someone higher up in the U.S. Air Force is steering taxpayer dollars towards Trump’s Scottish property, and according to Natasha Bertrand, violating the domestic emoluments clause. This report comes on the heels of a similar explosive revelation that Vice President Mike Pence on a recent official visit to Ireland, went out of his way(3 hours away) to stay at Trump’s Irish resort–essentially steering taxpayer funds towards Trump’s Irish property

MSNBC’s AM Joy show dug deeper into this explosive Air Force story with the author of the bombshell Politico piece, the aforementioned Natasha Bertrand (one of Yours Truly’s MSM faves)

Natasha Bertrand said on AM Joy show, “This could also be a violation of the domestic emoluments clause because the President, other than his own salary, is not supposed to get any kind of money from the federal government. So the fact that the U.S. military seems to be spending money at Trump’s resort seems to be in direct violation of that..”

Here’s what you must not miss from Bertrand’s bombshell Politico piece–Trump’s corruption in a nutshell. It all boils down to this folks–before Trump became President, his Turnberry Resort in Scotland was seriously struggling financially. There is a small airport 30 miles from the resort that is key to the resort’s economic survival. By having Air Force crews stopping at this airport, Trump is not only propping up the airport by the infusion of U.S. tax dollars, but because the Air Force crews end up spending the night at his resort, the resort also benefits from U.S. tax dollars. Essentially, the U.S. military is being used to profit Trump and his family–a clear cut domestic emoluments clause violation

Several other interesting tidbits came up from the AM Joy segment namely;

That there could be national security implications because according to Natasha Bertrand, “just because the U.S. military is doing this doesn’t mean others [foreign governments] aren’t taking cues from that.”

That the Pentagon is stonewalling efforts by Congress to get to the bottom of who authorized these unusual stops at Trump Turnberry Scotland.

Bottom line folks, whoever in the U.S. Air Force authorized these unusual stops at Trump Turnberry has to go. The U.S. military is way too important and greatly revered by Americans of all political stripes. Consequently, the military cannot engage in or be perceived to be engaging in such corrupt conduct. Simply put, the U.S. military has been a very honorable institution way before Trump became President and must be allowed to remain the same even after his exit, whether that be in 2020 or 2024.

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