aside Is The President A Party To A Corruption Scheme Over His Washington DC Hotel?

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The republican President Donald Trump is facing a lawsuit claiming that the tab from his foreign guests at the hotel violates the Constitution’s emoluments clause. According to the emoluments clause the president is barred from being enriched from foreign monies. Before January 2017, the hotel was a white elephant. The hotel vacancy rate was high and the restaurants were virtually empty. All that has drastically changed for the better as soon as the president was ensconced in the White House.

But for the president to take advantage of the hotel’s change in fortunes, it was necessary for the Government Services Agency, the owner of the old post office which has become a Trump Hotel in Washington D.C., to find that he was not violating a clause in his lease. The clause states, “No “elected official of the government of the United States, shall be admitted to any share or part of this lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom.” 

So how did the president successfully circumvent this property contractual legal clause?

Image result for images of trump hotel washington dcHere is the rest of the story…

On 5/15/17, the New York Times Editorial published the following op-ed piece, “G.S.A.’s Revolving Door at a Trump Hotel.

“If there was an opening act in President Trump’s quest to exploit his office for personal gain, it was the rapid turn in fortunes experienced by the Trump International Hotel in Washington’s Old Post Office after he won the presidency.”

Image result for images of trump hotel washington dc“For that to happen, Mr. Trump needed the General Services Administration, the government’s property manager, to find he was not violating a clause in his lease. No “elected official of the government of the United States,” it says, “shall be admitted to any share or part of this lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom.”

“At its September opening, the hotel was a loser tied to a pariah in a deep-blue city. Its restaurant sat nearly empty; its rooms were hawked at steep discounts. After the election, everything changed. Foreign governments, corporate titans and lobbyists thronged the place: Bahrain, Azerbaijan and Kuwait moved parties from other venues to the hotel.”

Image result for images of trump hotel washington dc“As the president-elect spun cash, Denise Turner Roth, the agency chief, saw nothing wrong. “G.S.A. does not have a position that the lease provision requires the President-elect to divest of his financial interests,” an agency spokesperson said. “No determination regarding the Old Post Office can be completed until the full circumstances surrounding the President-elect’s business arrangements have been finalized and he has assumed office.”

“As Ms. Roth left office, she tweeted: “It has been a great honor to support a smooth Presidential Transition. Thank you for your kind words @mike_pence.” Vice President Mike Pence had said, “The cooperation that the outgoing administration has extended in this transition effort would make every American proud.”

Related image“Ms. Roth’s complaisance was mystifying. She was an outgoing Obama appointee. What did she have to lose by calling to task the Trump administration?”

“A few weeks after leaving the agency, Ms. Roth was named a senior adviser at WSP/USA, a global engineering and construction management firm whose projects include — surprise — government buildings.”

“WSP did not make Ms. Roth available for comment and emailed a statement saying she “was brought on board due to her 20 years of public service at the federal and local government levels. … Denise will focus on revitalization issues, smart cities, performance measures and organization development for private and public clients. As with all our professionals, she will not lobby the federal, state or local government on behalf of the firm.”

Image result for images of trump hotel washington dc“Federal law prohibits appointees at Ms. Roth’s level from contacting their agencies for one year. The Obama administration required appointees to pledge they’d avoid soliciting their former agencies for an additional year. “I was proud to be in a position to have such an extensive influence over the last three years,” Ms. Roth said in a job announcement. “Now I’m excited to have an opportunity to work with people who are also passionate about improving the communities where they live. I like how it feels … it’s a perfect marriage.”

“It’s a shame Ms. Roth didn’t exert her extensive influence to make Mr. Trump follow his legal obligations before she entered what seems like a marriage of convenience. (The president faces a lawsuit claiming that the tab from his foreign guests at the hotel violates the Constitution’s emoluments clause.)

“In March, the G.S.A.’s new Trump-appointed leadership declared the hotel in “full compliance” with the lease.”

8 comments

  1. This is an easy one, do a quick search of WSP and you will soon find the connections to the Russians. Is anyone really surprised that there would be a connection to them? It would seem that anyone involved with the tRump ultimately ends up connected in some way with Putin or the Russians… Does it ever end? Will the corrupt congress of this nation ever take action to save this nation from a not so hostile takeover via the tRump connections? I expect any day now to have one of our GOPTP leaders introduce a bill into congress declaring Russian as the official language… 😉

  2. Early on … before the inauguration … I remember reading that he had ‘coerced’ a delegation from a foreign nation to cancel their reservations elsewhere and stay in his hotel. I would bet my last dollar that hasn’t changed. I do hope that at some point the republicans in Congress dig their consciences out of mothballs and begin to stand up for what is right, rather than riding the coattails of this greedy, narcissistic madman. And on a personal note: that hotel is way to ostentatious for my tastes …

    Hugs!!!

    • Dear Jill,

      I am planning to go to Washington DC for the June 3 March for truth. I may take time to check out the hotel while I visit other sites like the Viet Nam Memorial Wall.

      The Russiagate inquiry is important but so are DDT’s business conflicts of issues, but then what do I know.

      So far, the republican legislators are selling out.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • I hope you have a great time in DC next month! Send us some pictures!

        Yes, so far they are selling out, but it will be interesting to see what they have to say tomorrow, given the news that Trump asked Comey back in February to drop the investigation of Flynn. What next???? This is truly a 3-ring circus … I cannot even keep up and my head is spinning. This is one of the reasons I am so grateful for all your hard work and research!

        Hugs!

        • Dear Jill,

          The republican legislators are salivating over the possibility of that tax cut/ reform to where they are willing to sell us (“We the People”) out, and the heck with their “oath of office,” the US constitution, our national security, and their own souls.

          Hugs, Gronda

  3. Dear Mz. Gronda,
    As I was reading something not at all concerning with the current political climate in this country, it dawned on me there is another way the tRump could be forced from office. The law prohibits most legal action against the president while he is in office, the one exception that I can recall that could prove useful is his being charged with a major crime committed prior to his taking office. I am drawing from memory banks that are old and somewhat depleted, however if a prosecutor could find a case that had merit, it could be done. Just a thought!

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      It is possible that he was involved in money laundering schemes with Russians. Your prior thoughts about the application of the RICO ACT might come in useful.

      I am hoping that this is why the Senate Intel chiefs are asking for the FINCEN records.

      We are just going to have to wait and see.

      Ciao, Gronda

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