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WA Post Report: New York State Looking Into Fees Charged at Trump Golf Clubs

WA Post Report: New York State Looking Into Fees Charged at Trump Golf Clubs

Upon taking office, newly elected presidents are expected to divest from their businesses. The most famous example of this is Jimmy Carter. Once he took office, Carter put his beloved peanut farm into a blind trust and sold it after he left office.

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At first Donald Trump claimed he would be putting his sons in charge of his business interests. He never really seemed to separate himself. And Trump still visited his Mar-a-Lago club on a near constant basis. According to the Washington Post, New York investigators are now looking into the fees Trump  charged at those clubs.

David Fahrenthold writes:

“[One] person familiar with the case said staffers for District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and New York Attorney General Letitia James were working together closely on this phase of the investigation. Prosecutors recently inquired about the initiation fees Trump golf courses charged new members, the person said, and Trump’s role in setting those fees for individual customers. Trump often cited his clubs’ initiation fees in the statements he sent potential lenders, as a sign of the courses’ financial health.”

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The Washington Post scribes continues, “On Thursday, neither Trump’s company or his post-presidential office responded to requests for comment. Ron Fischetti and Phyllis Malgieri, two of Trump’s personal lawyers, declined to comment. In the past, Trump and his family have criticized Vance’s investigation — and a separate civil inquiry into his business by James — as motivated by politics and not the law.”

 

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