March 6, 2020

IT'S A GRIFT:

Newly obtained documents show $157,000 in additional payments by the Secret Service to Trump properties (David A. Fahrenthold, Joshua Partlow, Jonathan O'Connell and Carol D. Leonnig , March 5, 2020, Washington Post)

President Trump's company charged the Secret Service $157,000 more than was previously known -- billing taxpayers for rooms at his clubs at rates far higher than his company has claimed, according to a new trove of receipts and billing documents released by the Secret Service.

Many of the new receipts were obtained by the watchdog group Public Citizen, which spent three years battling the Secret Service over a public-records request from January 2017.

When added to dozens of charges already reported by The Washington Post, the new documents show that Trump's company has charged the Secret Service more than $628,000 since he took office in 2017.

The payments show Trump has an unprecedented -- and still partially hidden -- business relationship with his own government. The full scope of that relationship is still unknown because the publicly available records are largely from 2017 and 2018, leaving huge gaps in the data.

Posted by at March 6, 2020 4:36 PM

  

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