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Suit claiming inaugural committee overpaid a Trump hotel moves forward as Ivanka Trump testifies.

Ivanka Trump testified on Tuesday in a closed-door deposition as part of a lawsuit filed in January by the attorney general in the District of Columbia claiming that President Trump’s inaugural committee overpaid the Trump International Hotel in 2017.

The deposition is one of a series now underway after Attorney General Karl A. Racine of Washington, a Democrat, managed to beat back an effort in September by lawyers for the Trump inauguration committee and the Trump Organization to dismiss the case, which was pending in federal court in Washington.

Others deposed so far include Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a major donor to Mr. Trump and the chairman of the inaugural committee, and Mickael Damelincourt, the managing director of Trump International Hotel in Washington.

The lawsuit asserts that Ms. Trump was informed before the inauguration in January 2017 that the initial amount the hotel intended to charge the nonprofit inaugural committee — $450,000 a day — was considered too much.

Mr. Damelincourt then lowered the proposed charge to $175,000 a day for the rental of the hotel’s presidential ballroom, but documents suggest that this was still more than some staff members thought was reasonable.

Mr. Racine’s lawsuit says that even with this lower price, the inaugural committee “violated District law by exploiting a nonprofit to engage in self-dealing.” No details about the deposition were released. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former aide to the Trump family who helped organize the inauguration, is scheduled to give her deposition next week.

The lawsuit by Mr. Racine is a civil case. It is separate from an investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, who conducted an inquiry into donors to the inauguration, which raised and spent at least twice as much as its predecessors, a total of more than $107 million.

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Ivanka Trump Questioned in Suit Over Inaugural Hotel Cost

(Bloomberg) — Ivanka Trump was interviewed by District of Columbia lawyers in a lawsuit where President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee is accused of illegally overpaying for events at a hotel owned by his family business.



Ivanka Trump wearing a blue hat: Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, listens during a roundtable discussion with William Barr, U.S. attorney general, federal, state, and local officials, not pictured, at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Barr said the federal government is awarding more than $100 million in grants to target human trafficking. The money will go to task forces combatting human trafficking, to victim services and victim housing, reports the Associated Press.


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Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, listens during a roundtable discussion with William Barr, U.S. attorney general, federal, state, and local officials, not pictured, at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Barr said the federal government is awarding more than $100 million in grants to target human trafficking. The money will go to task forces combatting human trafficking, to victim services and victim housing, reports the Associated Press.

The deposition of the president’s daughter, a top White House aide, was taken Tuesday and is one of many key interviews taken in recent months, according to a court filing, which also disclosed that First Lady Melania Trump has been subpoenaed for documents.

Lawyers for District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine also have deposed Mickael Damelincourt, the managing director of the Trump hotel in downtown Washington and Eric Danziger, who runs Trump’s hotel business, as well as Thomas Barrack Jr., a longtime friend of the president’s and chairman of the inauguration committee, according to the filing. The content of the depositions wasn’t disclosed or described.

The White House declined to comment.

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Filed in January in District of Columbia Superior Court, the case is one of numerous and varied legal actions Trump, his family and associates face as the president reenters private life next month.

Racine, a Democrat, argues that Trump’s inaugural committee made an unjustified payment of more than $1 million to the Trump hotel for events from Jan. 17 to Jan. 20, 2017, after failing to consider less expensive alternatives.

The depositions were reported earlier by CNN.

The case is District of Columbia v. 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, 2020 CA 000488 B, Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

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Ivanka Trump Questioned in Suit Over Inaugural Hotel Spending

(Bloomberg) — Ivanka Trump was interviewed by District of Columbia lawyers in a lawsuit where President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee is accused of illegally overpaying for events at a hotel owned by his family business.



Ivanka Trump wearing a blue hat: Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, listens during a roundtable discussion with William Barr, U.S. attorney general, federal, state, and local officials, not pictured, at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Barr said the federal government is awarding more than $100 million in grants to target human trafficking. The money will go to task forces combatting human trafficking, to victim services and victim housing, reports the Associated Press.


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Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, listens during a roundtable discussion with William Barr, U.S. attorney general, federal, state, and local officials, not pictured, at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Barr said the federal government is awarding more than $100 million in grants to target human trafficking. The money will go to task forces combatting human trafficking, to victim services and victim housing, reports the Associated Press.

The deposition of the president’s daughter, a top White House aide, was taken Tuesday and is one of many key interviews taken in recent months, according to a court filing, which also disclosed that First Lady Melania Trump has been subpoenaed for documents.

Lawyers for District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine also have deposed Mickael Damelincourt, the managing director of the Trump hotel in downtown Washington and Eric Danziger, who runs Trump’s hotel business, as well as Thomas Barrack Jr., a longtime friend of the president’s and chairman of the inauguration committee, according to the filing. The content of the depositions wasn’t disclosed or described.

Read More: Trump Inaugural Committee Overpaid Trump Hotel, Suit Says

Filed in January in District of Columbia Superior Court, the case is one of numerous and varied legal actions Trump, his family and associates face as the president reenters private life next month.

Racine, a Democrat, argues that Trump’s inaugural committee made an unjustified payment of more than $1 million to the Trump hotel for events from Jan. 17 to Jan. 20, 2017, after failing to consider less expensive alternatives.

The depositions were reported earlier by CNN.

The case is District of Columbia v. 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, 2020 CA 000488 B, Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

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Suit claiming inaugural committee overpaid a Trump hotel moves forward with Ivanka Trump deposition.

Ivanka Trump testified on Tuesday in a closed-door deposition as part of a lawsuit filed in January by the attorney general in the District of Columbia claiming that President Trump’s inaugural committee overpaid the Trump International Hotel in 2017.

The deposition is one of a series now underway after Attorney General Karl A. Racine of Washington, a Democrat, managed to beat back an effort in September by lawyers for the Trump inauguration committee and the Trump Organization to dismiss the case, which was pending in federal court in Washington.

Others deposed so far include Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a major donor to Mr. Trump and the chairman of the inaugural committee, and Mickael Damelincourt, the managing director of Trump International Hotel in Washington.

The lawsuit asserts that Ms. Trump was informed before the inauguration in January 2017 that the initial amount the hotel intended to charge the nonprofit inaugural committee — $450,000 a day — was considered too much.

Mr. Damelincourt then lowered the proposed charge to $175,000 a day for the rental of the hotel’s presidential ballroom, but documents suggest that this was still more than some staff members thought was reasonable.

Mr. Racine’s lawsuit says that even with this lower price, the inaugural committee “violated District law by exploiting a nonprofit to engage in self-dealing.” No details about the deposition were released. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former aide to the Trump family who helped organize the inauguration, is scheduled to give her deposition next week.

The lawsuit by Mr. Racine is a civil case. It is separate from an investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, who conducted an inquiry into donors to the inauguration, which raised and spent at least twice as much as its predecessors, a total of more than $107 million.

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Lifestyle Hotel Brand TRYP by Wyndham Takes its Inaugural Trip to New Zealand

Under development by Safari Group, Wyndham’s longstanding franchise partner in New Zealand, the design-centric hotels are the latest in a series of new projects for Wyndham’s growing lifestyle brand. In just the last year, TRYP by Wyndham has announced new hotels planned for key cities across Australasia including Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth, as well as in key international markets like Orlando, Florida and Manaus, Brazil, to name just a few.

“We are delighted to collaborate with the Safari Group on the launch of our TRYP by Wyndham brand in New Zealand,” said Joon Aun Ooi, president, Asia Pacific, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “New Zealand is a beautiful destination that enchants travelers with its stunning scenery and outdoor adventures. Prior to the pandemic, arrivals to the country were on the rise for six consecutive years. As the world reopens, Wyndham will be ready to welcome travelers back with industry-leading brands in the world’s most sought-after destinations.”     

“TRYP by Wyndham, is a perfect fit for Queenstown and Wellington, both lively destinations filled with distinct experiences,” said Andy Flaig, vice president, business development, South East Asia and Pacific Rim, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “With its vibrant design, distinct personality, and connection with local culture, TRYP by Wyndham is ideal for travelers seeking authentic, local experiences. Not only will these hotels stand out from the crowd and appeal to a new generation of travelers, they’ll make the perfect complement to our established Ramada® by Wyndham and Wyndham Garden® hotels in the country.”

Expected to start construction in late 2021 with plans to open in 2023, TRYP by Wyndham Remarkables Park Queenstown is a stylish new hotel that will put guests in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting destinations. The hotel will feature a collection of 212 contemporary guestrooms and serviced apartments boasting panoramic views of the mountains and ski slopes. Guests can also expect a range of food and beverage amenities as well as social spaces to mingle after an exhilarating day exploring the scenic region.

The hotel will form part of the mixed-use development precinct Remarkables Park, which will also offer upscale residences, retail outlets, restaurants and office space. Perfectly positioned just two minutes’ drive from Queenstown Airport and seven minutes from Queenstown’s Central Business District, the hotel is the ideal base for guests to discover the best local experiences the area has to offer.

The TRYP by Wyndham Tory Street Wellington will commence construction early next year and is expected to open in March 2022. The 76-room hotel will reflect a 1920’s art deco theme reminiscent of “old Chicago,” and offer conference space, a fitness room and a rooftop deck and spa. The hotel is ideally positioned close to the waterfront and is a five-minute walk from Cuba Street’s famous entertainment strip of restaurants, bars and vibrant nightlife, for which Wellington was dubbed ‘the coolest little capital in the world’ by Lonely Planet.

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