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"Saudi-funded lobbyist paid for 500 rooms at Trump’s hotel after 2016 election"
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: December 06, 2018 12:05AM
It's not collusion-it's coincidence

Saudi-funded lobbyist paid for 500 rooms at Trump’s hotel after 2016 election
[www.washingtonpost.com]
Lobbyists representing the Saudi government reserved blocks of rooms at President Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel within a month of Trump’s election in 2016 — paying for an estimated 500 nights at the luxury hotel in just three months, according to organizers of the trips and documents obtained by The Washington Post.

At the time, these lobbyists were reserving large numbers of D.C.-area hotel rooms as part of an unorthodox campaign that offered U.S. military veterans a free trip to Washington — then sent them to Capitol Hill to lobby against a law the Saudis opposed, according to veterans and organizers.

At first, lobbyists for the Saudis put the veterans up in Northern Virginia. Then, in December 2016, they switched most of their business to the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington. In all, the lobbyists spent more than $270,000 to house six groups of visiting veterans at the Trump hotel, which Trump still owns.

Those bookings have fueled a pair of federal lawsuits alleging Trump violated the Constitution by taking improper payments from foreign governments.

During this period, records show, the average nightly rate at the hotel was $768. The lobbyists who ran the trips say they chose Trump’s hotel strictly because it offered a discount from that rate and had rooms available, not to curry favor with Trump.

“Absolutely not. It had nothing to do with that. Not one bit,” said Michael Gibson, a Maryland-based political operative who helped organize the trips.
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Re: "Saudi-funded lobbyist paid for 500 rooms at Trump’s hotel after 2016 election"
Posted by: samintx
Date: December 06, 2018 06:56AM
Some of the curious vets finally figured out the scam...but you have to remember how much 45 loves the army and vets. confused smiley
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Re: "Saudi-funded lobbyist paid for 500 rooms at Trump’s hotel after 2016 election"
Posted by: Speedy
Date: December 06, 2018 06:59AM
Yes, what have you got against vets? This helps them from having to sleep under bridges.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: "Saudi-funded lobbyist paid for 500 rooms at Trump’s hotel after 2016 election"
Posted by: pdq
Date: December 06, 2018 08:29AM
If nothing else, having Trump for president is an education for our nation w/r/t presidential behaviors and what not to do or allow, whether these things get framed into law or not.

All those things that we may have thought we didn’t need to worry about, because no president would ever be so brazen - this guy is showing us all the possible angles in action.
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Re: "Saudi-funded lobbyist paid for 500 rooms at Trump’s hotel after 2016 election"
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: December 06, 2018 10:33AM
We better use the federal courts while we can! Time's ticking....

SCotUS hears a case today that could eliminate double-jeopardy for federal/state prosecutions, making presidential pardons a true Get Out of Jail Free card for folks like Manafort.



rj
AKA
Vreemac, Moth of the Future
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