Black Attorney General In D.C. Bangin’ Against MAGA. Twitter Goes Nuts Over Subpoenas

Written by Dana Sanchez

The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland began today sending subpoenas to the Trump Organization, five federal agencies and the state of Maine for financial records involving payments to President Donald Trump’s businesses, CNN reported.

“We are in the process of serving subpoenas to federal agencies, Trump organizations, and 18 other entities to prove that President Trump is profiting from the presidency,” Attorney General Karl A. Racine tweeted at 5:15 p.m. on the official Twitter account of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.


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District of Columbia Attorney General Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, both Democrats, want records from the Internal Revenue Service and dozens of other entities as part of a lawsuit accusing Trump of profiting off the presidency.

The case alleges that foreign and domestic government spending at Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel amounts to gifts to the president and violates the Constitution’s emoluments clause, according to Politico.

 

The subpoenas target 37 entities, Washington Post reported. Subpoenas were sent to the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture and the Treasury Department, which spent taxpayer dollars at the hotel or have information on Trump’s finances relevant to the case.

The subpoenas focus on answering three questions:

  • Which foreign and domestic governments are paying the Trump International Hotel in Washington?
  • Where is that money going?
  • How is Trump’s hotel affecting the hospitality industry in the District of Columbia and Maryland?

The subpoenas are asking for records of payments to Trump from state government and federal agencies that patronized the hotel. They want information proving that hotel revenues are going to the president through his affiliated entities, including The Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust. Most of the records being requested date back to Jan. 1, 2015.

Responses to Racine’s tweet ranged from grateful to ecstatic.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the Philippines have hosted events at Trump’s D.C. hotel since he took office, News media have reported.

“We are confident that at the end of discovery we will be able to prove our case — that President Trump is violating the Constitution’s emoluments clauses, America’s first anti-corruption laws,” Frosh said in a statement.

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About Dana Sanchez
Dana Sanchez was born in South Africa and is a U.S. citizen. After working in advertising, she went back to school and earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of South Florida. As a business writer, she won regional and national writing awards. As editor of a daily newspaper, she coordinated staff writers, freelancers and photographers in the fast-paced environment of daily news. Dana was an editor at Moguldom Media Group for four years, helping to build and manage a team of staff and freelance writers. She works now on Moguldom.com for Nubail Ventures. A long-distance hiker and cyclist, she writes about the business of technology.