Trump Organization, IRS, others subpoenaed in Trump emoluments lawsuit
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland plan to file subpoenas Tuesday seeking records from the Trump Organization, the Internal
Revenue Service and dozens of other entities as part of a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency.
The subpoenas target more than 30 Trump-linked private entities and the federal agency that oversees the lease for Trump’s D.C. hotel. Subpoenas were also being sent to the
Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture and the IRS, all of which have spent taxpayer dollars at the hotel.
Other Trump entities that officials plan to subpoena include those related to his D.C. hotel and its management. The Maryland attorney general’s office confirmed the targets of the
subpoenas to The Associated Press as they were being prepared Tuesday. The subpoenas focus on answering three questions: which foreign domestic governments are paying the
Trump International Hotel in Washington, where that money is going and how Trump’s hotel is affecting the hospitality industry in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
Trump’s Justice Department lawyers have previously argued that earnings from such business activity as hotels stays don’t qualify as emoluments. And in court papers last week
challenging the judge’s decision to move the case forward, Justice lawyers objected to any discovery on a sitting president in order to avoid a “constitutional confrontation.” They also
argued that any discovery would “be a distraction to the President’s performance of his constitutional duties.”
There is a separate federal lawsuit involving the General Services Administration, which oversees the lease for the hotel with the Trump Organization. Democratic lawmakers last year
sued demanding disclosures of records to determine how Trump was approved by the General Services Administration to maintain the lease of the Trump International Hotel in
Washington after he became president.
The hotel is housed in the historic Old Post Office, which is owned by the federal government, and its lease has a clause barring any “elected official of the government of the United
States” from deriving “any benefit.” Trump and his daughter Ivanka, a senior White House adviser, both retained their stakes in the property.
It's a witch hunt guys
Is that why they got it, or is it because the IRS gives tax exemptions to churches so long as it's a legitimate belief? Jon Oliver created a church around something he and his fans legitimately believe in and I think they also got the exemption
No, shady shit definitely went down between the IRS and the CoS.
No, it's got quite a history to it. They're basically taxed differently than any other organized religion in America.
My favorite part is this though:
The IRS also gave the church the right of extending its tax exemption to
future branches, effectively giving the church the ability to grant
itself further tax exemptions and decide which of its activities did not
need to be taxed. The agency agreed to send foreign governments a
"Description of the Scientology Religion", written by the church but
printed under an IRS letterhead, to inform them that the US government
had found Scientology to be "organized and operated exclusively for
religious and charitable purposes."
People, subpoena doesn't mean accusation of wrongdoing. Witnesses also receive subpoenas. Organizations also receive subpoena's for producing records/evidence. For the IRS(And other subpoenaed agencies), they're probably looking to acquire records of how much has been spent by gov employees for lodging in Trump's hotel in an effort to show to the court how much Trump's making from the government. Getting an exact number for the case is important to show severity, scope, and exact counts of breaches. Though they'll probably also check to see there isn't any directive or order from Trump or other officials saying they need to use his hotel when possible.
Mainly what they want to check for are "Is trump profiting from his hotel business while in office?", and "Is trump hotel receiving undue consideration compared to its competitors when lodging accommodation is required?"
That second one is definitely being checked given the article mentions 18 competitors around the hotel also got subpoenaed.
The answer to both questions is also probably yes.
Wow, I knew they beat the IRS, but I didn't know they infiltrated it so deeply that they wrote their own tax policy and used the IRS to promote themselves to other countries.
All Scientologists need to be banned from holding any government or political jobs.
Impossible under the First Amendment and the religious test clause. You'd have to convince a judge they're a domestic terrorist group
To those who cross them, they might as well be. Harassment, intimidation, character assassination, and very possibly murder. All to keep running a massive scam that generates an insane amount of money.
Someone reported his premium snapchat.
Are we talking about the IRS or Scientology
Scientology of course.
It was a joke about how some people think the IRS is a massive legal crime ring
Oh, SovCit/Libertarian memes, I see.
no the church of scientology literally burned the IRS's entire legal budget. Its utter bullshit and nobody wants to challenge it.
This wasn't what I was expecting to scroll down to
These 500 nights of room bookings were used to a) accomodate US veterans who were given a free stay b) so they could be used to directly lobby Congress against a bill the Saudis didn't like. As one veteran interviewed in the story says, they were used twice, once to lobby Congress for Saudi interests without their informed consent, and once to unconstitutionally deliver business to the President and the Trump Organization.
Kushner has been very good buddies with them since the election, too. It's going to be very interesting to see how everything went down, when the investigations are all over. You'll be able to go chronologically through Trump media footage since early 2015 and go "That's a lie... that's a lie... these are all lies... he's lying right there..."
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