Trump Junior Deposed by Washington Attorney General

In the four weeks since his father was fired from the presidency of the United States, Donald Trump, Jr. has been super busy. This past weekend he railed against teachers unions while positioned in front of a wall of guns, a la Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.).

On Feb. 11 he was deposed by the office of Washington, D.C., attorney general Karl Racine in connection with Racine’s lawsuit that alleges the misuse of Trump inaugural funds. Court documents filed Tuesday state that Trump’s deposition “raised further questions about the nature” of a hotel invoice that Racine’s office has been investigating.

Racine previously alleged that a Trump Organization employee, who was an assistant to Donald Trump Jr., reserved a number of rooms at the Loews Madison Hotel, which is located a few blocks from the White House. The hotel sent the Trump Organization a $49,358.92 bill for the room in January 2017 but it went unpaid. In July, when it was still unpaid, a collections agency contacted the president’s inaugural committee to ask if it would pay the overdue bill. Rick Gates who was an official with the inaugural committee, directed the nonprofit to pay the bill.

Rick Gates and Donald Trump
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“The Trump Organization was liable for the invoiced charges,” Racine’s office said in a filing. “The [Inaugural Committee’s] payment of the invoice was unfair, unreasonable and unjustified and ultimately conferred improper private benefit to the Trump Organization.”

The AG’s office has requested to have more time to obtain discovery materials and conduct depositions, according to the filing, adding that the office has been met with “repeated obstacles, including misleading testimony, a closed hotel and new information revealed after the deadline for issuing discovery requests passed on February 8.”

Gates and Ivanka Trump also have been deposed in the case.

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