Attorney Generals of the Columbia and Maryland districts plan to file subpoenas this Tuesday to obtain the records of the Trump Organization, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other entities as part of a lawsuit that accuses Donald Trump of benefiting from the Presidency.
The wave of subpoenas comes a day after District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte approved a program on the case alleging that federal and foreign government expenditures at the Trump Hotel in Washington DC could be considered as gifts to the President, which would be a violation of the Constitution in the emoluments clause.
The subpoenas are addressed to more than 30 private entities linked to the President and the federal agency that oversees the lease of the Trump-owned hotel in Washington DC
Additionally, subpoenas were sent to the Department of Defense, to the General Services Administration, Department of Commerce, the Department of Agriculture and the IRS, which have spent thousands of dollars of taxpayers in the hotel.
Among other entities linked to the Republican that the officials plan to quote include those related to their hotel in the capital and its Administration.
The Maryland Attorney General’s Office confirmed the objectives of the subpoenas as they prepared Tuesday.
The citations focus on answering three questions: what national governments pay the hotel in Washington, where the money goes, and how the hotel is affecting the hotel industry in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
To help answer such questions, the subpoenas request records from the local government and from the federal agencies that sponsored the hotel’s expenses.
They also look for information that proves that the hotel’s income reaches the president through its affiliated entities, including the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust, until January 1, 2015.
So far, the Justice Department declined to comment on the issue, while the Trump Organization and the White House responded immediately to a request for comments.
Lawyers for the Department of Justice have argued earlier that profits from business activities such as hotel stays do not qualify as emoluments.