Corruption

Trump’s Inaugural Committee Funneled Money Back to the Trump Family

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It hasn't even been 24 hours since we learned that federal prosecutors in New York are investigating Trump's inaugural committee and we now have reason to believe prosecutors in another jurisdiction may launch their own investigation.

Citing internal company emails and receipts, Pro Publica reports that Trump's inaugural committee spent money at Trump's properties and overcharged for service in a deal overseen by Trump's daughter Ivanka.

The inauguration paid the Trump Organization for rooms, meals and event space at the company’s Washington hotel, according to interviews as well as internal emails and receipts reviewed by WNYC and ProPublica.

During the planning, Ivanka Trump, the president-elect’s eldest daughter and a senior executive with the Trump Organization, was involved in negotiating the price the hotel charged the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee for venue rentals. A top inaugural planner emailed Ivanka and others at the company to “express my concern” that the hotel was overcharging for its event spaces, worrying of what would happen “when this is audited.”

If the Trump hotel charged more than the going rate for the venues, it could violate tax law. The inaugural committee’s payments to the Trump Organization and Ivanka Trump’s role have not been previously reported or disclosed in public filings.

Now that this is all out there, an audit could be the least of their worries.

New York's incoming Attorney General Letitia James recently vowed to investigate the Trump crime family through all means available to her office and this is exactly the kind of thing her office may be interested in, but federal prosecutors in Virginia may also be interested in this information.

The Trump Organization is based in New York, but Trump's inaugural committee was incorporated in Virginia placing it under the jurisdiction of the same federal prosecutors who are prosecuting the case against the NRA's Russian spy ring.

This information will also likely be of interest to the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia in their emoluments case.

Beyond this case, everything we know about numerous other cases tells us Trump's hotel in Washington D.C. is the epicenter of a massive corruption scandal. That is exactly why former ethics officials said Trump must divest from it, but he never did. The grift must go on.

  • Christopher Foxx

    the Trump crime family

    Nice. That’s how I’m going to refer to them from now on.

  • muselet

    Wow. Even when explicitly warned that audits should be expected regarding the cost of renting event spaces, the Trump Organization—specificaly including Ivanka Trump—gave a collective shrug and overcharged the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee anyway.

    Let it not be said the Trumps aren’t bold crooks.

    –alopecia

    • Badgerite

      That comes from a lifetime of getting away with it through bribery and/or threats, intimidation and extortion.
      (See Mika and Joe). And an American culture that likes to sell a myth rather than the true reality of American life and people.
      FFFF that Barnett guy and his Highway to Heaven bullshit.

  • gescove

    The whole inaugural business smelled fishy from the beginning. They raised over $100M but put on an inaugural that read like a high school reunion at the Holiday Inn on the interstate. For far fewer attendees than Obama (sorry Sean Spicer). Melania hired her NY event planner pal – who pocketed $25M for the gig – to throw some things together. No audit. Grifters all from the very start.

    • Victor the Crab

      And his sycophantic supporters are fine by this, where they wouldn’t be if Obama did this (which he never would because he’s not, nor will he ever be, a low life scumbag, like the racist Drumph, who has a sickening case of envy over the 44th president because he was a success while black).

  • katanahamon

    Lock him up. Lock him up. How long are we going to ignore these blatant lies, blatant crimes, blatant affronts and embarrassments to America and the office of the presidency? I’d like a television interviewer to ask Rump “Mr President, since prostitution is generally illegal and adultery is recognized as disgusting and wrong, why do you think the American people shouldn’t hold you accountable for your Crimes?” If President Obama had done just one, one of these many many many crimes he would have been impeached instantly and the Republicans would have had a collective shitfit about the immorality and criminality of the situation. Pull your head out, America..time to take out the garbage.

    • Badgerite

      As long as the gop controls any levers of power to obstruct justice in Congress or elsewhere, I would guess.
      I think the only way the gop will hold trump accountable is if they have no choice. That would be several smoking guns and a few dead bodies right out there in the open where they cannot be denied, minimized or shrugged off.
      Maybe a picture of Vladimir actually flipping votes on voting machines or stuffing ballot boxes would do it.
      Maybe.

      • Christopher Foxx

        Maybe

        Exactly.