Trump Organization, presidential inaugural committee settle DC lawsuit
At the Freedom Ball, President Donald Trump and First lady Melania Trump were seen dancing on January 20, 2017, in Washington D.C.
Ex-President Donald TrumpHis 2017 inaugural committee, and his company, have agreed to $750,000 for the District of Columbia to solve their problems. allegations that those entitiesD.C.’s attorney General Tuesday said that the Trump Hotel there had illegally used non-profit money to benefit the Trump family.
Trump Organization and committee both admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement. However, the agreement is the latest in a series of legal problems for former President.
Trump faces a pending criminal investigation in GeorgiaOver allegations that he unlawfully interfered in the 2020 presidential elections there. a civil probe in New YorkThe attorney general of the United States has stated that there are evidences that the Trump Organization fraudulently altered the value of real property assets in order to obtain financial benefits.
“No one is above the law — not even a president,” said D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine in a statement announcing the settlement of a lawsuit he filed against the Trump entities in 2020. The Trump International Hotel, Washington was the victim of more than $1,000,000 in illegal payments.
Donald Trump used illegally his own inauguration money to enrich himself and his family shortly after his election. Racine declared that they refused to accept this kind of corruption.
In its lawsuit, the District of Columbia said that Trump Inaugural Committee was a non profit corporation and coordinated with Trump’s relatives “to grossly exceed the cost of event space at Trump hotels during Trump’s 2017 presidential inauguration,” the AG’s Office noted.
The office stated that although the Inaugural committee knew it paid much more than the market rate, the group never looked at less costly alternatives and had even purchased space for events on days it didn’t hold them.
“The Committee used several hundred thousands of dollars to host a private party at Trump’s expense.”
Trump’s adult childrenDonald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump were questioned under oathRacine was represented by Racine’s lawyers as part of the lawsuit. Rick Gates, who served as the vice chairman, also participated in the litigation.
Ivanka Donald was emailed by Gates December 2016, warning her about his concerns over “the optics of the presidential inaugural committee being required to spend $3.6 million on room rentals and minimal food and drink costs.”
Gates stated in an email that “the cost itself seems very high compared with other property purchaseouts for the week,” which was also included in the court papers as part of the lawsuit.
Mikva Challenge DC and DC Action will split the settlement money received from Trump entities.
Racine’s office stated that these groups promote civic engagement and democracy in the District.
Donald Trump’s billionaire friend Thomas Barrack walks out of his Brooklyn Federal Courthouse hearing on July 26th, 2021. He was chairperson of Trump’s inaugural funds.
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Trump in a statement said, “Given the impending sale of The Trump International Hotel, Washington D.C., and with absolutely no admission of liability or guilt, we have reached a settlement to end all litigation with Democrat Attorney General Racine.”
Trump said, “As crime levels are rising in our Nation’s Capital, it’s necessary for the Attorney General to focus on these issues rather than another leg of the biggest Witch-Hunt ever in political history.” Another example of Law Enforcement being used against the Republican Party, and in particular the former President, was this. It’s so bad for America!
Trump has repeatedly rebuked other probes of him and his Organization as “witch hunters”.
Thomas Barrack was Trump’s close friend and private equity investor. He chaired the inaugural 2017 fund. Barrack was arrested last July on federal chargesIllegally lobbying Trump during his presidency for the United Arab Emirates
Barrack has pleaded guilty to the charges and is currently awaiting trial.
Gates pleaded guilty in 2018 in a separate federal prosecutionThis is also not related to the first committee. It refers to conspiring against the United States as well as lying to federal investigators.
He was sentenced after testifying against Trump’s 2016 campaign chief Paul Manafort. Manafort had been a former business associate of Gates at Manafort’s own criminal trial relating to financial crimes related to their work in Ukraine.
Trump pardoned Manafort after he was convicted.