Sen Warren Questions Whether Trump’s Maralago Pals Profited From Soleimani Strike?

Following news reports that President Trump gave guests at his Maralago resort a heads up regarding military action on Iran, Dem Senators Elizabeth Warren and Chris Van Hollen have sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), calling for an insider trading investigation.

You’ll remember that right after the announcement of the U.S. strike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, defense stock prices spiked. Northop Grumman’s stock for example rose by 5%, Lockheed Martin’s by 3.6% and Raytheon’s by 1.5% hours after the announcement of the Soleimani strike on January 3, 2020.

Part of Senators Warren and Van Hollen’s letter to SEC reads, “individuals who were guests at President Trump’s resort may have obtained confidential market-moving information and had the opportunity to trade defense industry stocks or commodities or make other trades based on this information. These private individuals, therefore, would have had the opportunity to obtain significant profits simply by being guests or members at President Trump’s private resort. According to reports, ‘the club’s nearly 500 paying members include dozens of real estate developers, Wall Street financiers, energy executives and others whose businesses could be affected by Mr. Trump’s policies.'”

Bottom line folks, it is not yet clear whether any of Trump’s pals at Maralago profited from insider trading. The public should be very encouraged however by Senators Warren and Van Hollen’s proactive stance in calling for an SEC probe because it is well established that corrupt individuals only cease and desist when they realize that people are watching them.

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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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Did Trump Use Tariffs To Secure Argentinian Trademarks?

In yet another example of how President Trump is abusing his office for personal profit, ethics watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and ethics in Washington (CREW) says Trump may have used tariffs to strong arm Argentina into granting two trademarks to his business, which he is yet to divest from.

CREW essentially takes issue with the peculiar sequence of events from the time Trump’s business appied for the trademarks to the time they were granted. According to CREW, Trump’s business applied for the Argentinian trademarks in December 2017 while aluminium and steel tarrifs were still in effect.

A few months after that, May 2018, while the trademarks were still pending, the Trump administration lifted the tariffs. In November 2019 with the tariffs still lifted, Argentina granted Trump’s business the requested trademarks. Shortly after securing the trademarks, the trump administration reinstated the aluminium and steel tariffs on Argentina–literally manipulating U.S. foreign policy for personal profit. Sickening corruption!!

You’ll remember similar accusations were made against Trump’s daughter Ivanka regarding the way she secured Chinese trademarks, which Yours Truly wrote about.

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. Where, as here, tariffs are seemingly being abused to secure trademarks for Trump’s business, Congress and the mainstream media owe it to the public to get to the bottom of it.

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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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