The petitioners stated:
“This new evidence of criminal conduct further supports Mr. Trump’s lack of good character.”
By Washington DC statute, if the “true and actual owner of the establishment” lack “good character,” the establishment’s liquor license can be suspended or revoked by the DC Alcohol Beverage Control Board.
A hearing by the board slated for Wednesday, September 12, will be followed by a decision on Thursday. The board is comprised of local DC residents and things do not look good for his chances or retaining his liquor license.
President Trump garnered just 4 percent of the vote in the 2016 presidential election. Members of the board received their appointment from Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser. Trump previously attacked Mayor Bowser on Twitter and in the press.
This petition regarding the Trump Organization’s liquor license for Trump International Hotel—still issued in the President’s name—is not the only problem the property faced.
The Attorneys General of Maryland and Washington DC and the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed suit against the President for emoluments clause violations regarding the same hotel. Trump ordered the Department of Justice to have the suit thrown out, but a federal judge ruled the lawsuit could proceed.
DC Attorney General Karl Racine’s office stated:
“[President Trump] continues to own, control and prosper from hundreds of businesses around the world. By accepting benefits from foreign and domestic government actors, the president is opening himself up to the type of foreign influence and corruption that the Constitution seeks to prevent.”
More recently, Virginia Democratic Representative Gerald Connolly and CREW cited the President’s intervention regarding FBI plans to vacate the J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue and move to a larger more secure facility in Maryland or Virginia. They claim Trump became involved in the General Services Administration (GSA) deliberations because the move would hurt business at Trump International Hotel.
The President holds a 60 year lease with the GSA for the property that comprises Trump International Hotel. CREW and Representative Connolly claimed the GSA’s decision to scrap the move after input from Trump points to a conflict of interest for both parties.
If the hearing fails to go his way, the President’s property at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue—Trump International Hotel, the White House is at 1600—must cease serving alcohol until a license is granted to a new applicant. But with most of the Trump Organization enmeshed in the Trump administration, who could that licensee be?
Read the full addendum to the original complaint below.
Third Supplement to Complaint by on Scribd
The original June petition can be read below.
2018.06.20 Complaint to Req… by on Scribd