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Trump reportedly offers D.C. Hotel to National Guard, law enforcement

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Former President Donald Trump has reportedly opened his International Hotel in Washington, D.C. to the National Guard this week, according to reports.

This follows the outrage at National Guard troops being forced to sleep in a parking garage Thursday night have been allowed back into the Capitol Complex on Friday, but they may have another place to crash: the Trump International Hotel.

RELATED: National Guardsmen were forced out of the Capitol building to rest in a parking garage

“Trump International Hotel in D.C. houses law enforcement this week,” the Washington Examiner reported Friday afternoon on Twitter. “Treatment of military and officers has been in the spotlight this week as news broke of National Guard troops being forced to sleep in a parking garage.”

The Examiner included a video in their tweet of law enforcement officers relaxing in the lobby of the ornate hotel owned by former President Donald Trump on Pennsylvania Avenue.

In the video, however, it should be noted that there are no National Guardsmen visible—only what appears to be police of some sort.

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BREAKING: Trump ordered to pay over $350M, barred from operating his business in NY in civil fraud case ruling

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Former President Donald Trump and his business empire faced a significant setback as a New York judge ruled against them in a civil fraud case brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The 92-page ruling, handed down by Judge Arthur Engoron, barred Trump from operating his business in New York for three years and imposed over $350 million in damages.

The case, which unfolded over months of trial proceedings, stemmed from allegations that Trump inflated his assets and engaged in fraudulent practices. Engoron’s ruling cited a litany of charges, including persistent fraud, falsifying records, issuing false financial statements, and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Moreover, the judge imposed restrictions on key figures within the Trump Organization, including Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, barring them from serving in certain corporate roles in New York for a specified period.

Engoron’s scathing assessment of Trump’s testimony during the trial further undermined the former president’s credibility. The judge criticized Trump for evasive responses and irrelevant digressions, highlighting the detrimental effect on his credibility.

In response to the ruling, Trump’s attorney, Christopher Kise, lambasted the court’s decision, alleging political bias and a disregard for established legal principles. Kise argued that the evidence presented during the trial failed to support the allegations of fraud and emphasized Trump’s substantial net worth.

Kise’s assertions were echoed by Alina Habba, another attorney representing Trump, who denounced the verdict as a “manifest injustice” resulting from a politically motivated witch hunt.

Throughout the proceedings, Trump consistently dismissed the trial as politically motivated, accusing both Engoron and James of partisan bias. His legal team also criticized the absence of a jury in the trial, questioning the fairness of the proceedings.

Attorney General Letitia James, who spearheaded the lawsuit against Trump and his organization, portrayed the ruling as a victory for accountability and transparency in business practices. The lawsuit alleged fraudulent conduct and sought substantial financial penalties, a portion of which would contribute to the state treasury.

The fallout from the case extends beyond Trump and his business interests, with implications for the broader business community and the rule of law. The contentious nature of the trial and its outcome underscored deep divisions and raised questions about the integrity of the legal system.

Trump vows to appeal the decision.

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