‘Wasn’t there going to be a backlash when it became known that the inauguration had spent donors’ money at Mr. Trump’s hotel in Washington, even though other places would cost much less or even be free?’
A financial reporter emailed a coworker in December 2016 to “express my concern:”
‘These are events in P.E.’s honor at his hotel, and one of them is with and for family and close friends.’
Constitutional law scholar and professor at Harvard Laurence Tribe said:
‘It is more than just frustrating. The most serious questions about the abuse of presidential power and the use of the presidency as a center of personal gain and profit remain unresolved. The wheels of justice clearly ground more slowly than some would have hoped.’
‘First, the cost itself seems quite high compared to other property buyouts for the week. Second, I am a bit worried about the optics of P.I.C. paying Trump Hotel a high rent fee and the media making a big story out of it.’
The president’s eldest daughter wrote to the hotel’s general manager (GM) Mickael C. Damelincourt requesting he call Gates and negotiate a better price for the inaugural committee, $175,000 a half-day:
‘It should be a fair market rate.’
Melania’s then-close friend Stephanie Wolkoff suggested a more reasonable price via an email to Ivanka and Gates. She added that Union Station and other locations had offered their spaces for inauguration events at zero dollars:
‘In my opinion, the max rental fee should be $85,000 per day.’
Damelincourt did not like that:
‘Rick … just heard that the Friday night reception had been canceled. Is it accurate? Tough on us if it is as it was a lot of revenue.’
Trump raised over $107 million, more than double what President Obama raised. Trump’s hotel nearly filled to a capacity of 263 rooms. Normally, that would mean the ballroom space would come as free or at a greatly reduced discount.
Eric Trump spilled the beans once again, tweeting:
‘This is a game stemming from a political vendetta. [the case was] another politically motivated demonstration of vindictiveness & waste of taxpayer dollars.
Attorney General Karl A. Racine of the District of Columbia said regarding the Emoluments case:
‘We are having high-level discussions around the viability, survivability of the matter.’
Thus far, over “200 companies, special-interest groups and foreign governments” have come to the Trump locations. Just 60 of those “spent $12 million at his properties during the first two years he was in office.”
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