D.C. Attorney General Grilled Donald Trump Jr. for Ongoing Probe of 2017 Inauguration, Docs Reveal
Added 02-24-21 06:34:02pm EST - “Donald Trump Jr. was deposed on Feb. 11th. Now, D.C.'s attorney general wants more discovery into "unclear and contradictory accounts" about a $49,000 hotel payment for his college friend.” - Lawandcrime.com
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Some two months after his sister Ivanka Trump took the hot seat, Donald Trump Jr. sat for a deposition for D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine’s (D) ongoing investigation into their father’s scandal-beset 2017 inauguration committee. That revelation surfaced in court papers alleging witnesses have given “unclear and contradictory accounts” about the committee paying more than $49,000 on hotel rooms for Trump Jr.’s college friend.
Racine sued former President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, the Trump Organization and Trump International Hotel a little more than a year ago, accusing the non-profit of coordinating with the Trump family to grossly overpay for an event space inside the Washington, D.C. hotel—to the tune of at least $300,000 for a private reception for the children.
None of the children’s depositions have become public, but court papers provided glimpses of the attorney general’s questioning. In an email exchange from late 2016, Melania Trump’s ex-senior adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff warned Ivanka Trump, Rick Gates and others that the cost would come back to haunt them.
According to a filing on Tuesday, Trump Jr. sat for a deposition on Feb. 11, which remains confidential but is said to have touched upon a contract the Trump Organization signed with the Madison, a Loews hotel in Washington, D.C.
“The point of contact for the room block contract was Lindsay Santoro, then a Trump Organization employee and executive assistant to Donald Trump, Jr., and the authorizing signature on the contract was Mr. Trump’s close friend, Gentry Beach,” Assistant Deputy Attorney General Jimmy Rock wrote in an 8-page legal brief. “An invoice for this Loews Madison room block for $49,358.92 was forwarded to the [presidential inauguration committee] in July 2017, which the PIC paid.”
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