US prosecutors reportedly subpoena Trump golf courses in Scotland, which some Democrats worry might have been funded by Russian money

US prosecutors reportedly subpoena Trump golf courses in Scotland, which some Democrats worry might have been funded by Russian money


US prosecutors have ordered the company that owns President Donald Trump’s golf courses in Scotland to show its financial filings in an attempt to reveal the company’s ownership, The Times of London reported. Prosecutors in Maryland subpoenaed documents and access to properties controlled by DJT Holdings LLC, a UK-registered trust that owns Trump’s Washington, DC, hotel and resorts in places like Turnberry, Scotland, and The Times reported. The documents are part of an investigation into Trump International Washington, an old post office building in the US capital that Trump converted into a luxury hotel in 2016, The Times said. Trump has attempted to have this case dismissed multiple times. INSIDER has contacted the Maryland Attorney General for confirmation and comment. DJT Holdings LLC also own Trump International Washington, an old post office building in the US capital that Trump converted into a luxury hotel in 2016 Getty/Mark Wilson Brian Frosh, the attorney-general for Maryland, said he was “seeking information proving that hotel revenues were flowing to the president through his affiliated entities,” according to The Times. Frosh added: “We are confident that at the end of discovery we will be able to prove our case that President Trump is violating the constitution’s emoluments clauses, America’s first anti-corruption laws.” The US Constitution’s Emoluments Clause prohibits public officials from receiving gifts or cash from foreign or state governments without congressional approval. Prosecutors want to know if Trump is still profiting from his businesses, such as Trump Turnberry. AP It is not clear how DJT Holdings in funded. People probing Trump’s ties to Russia, including Rep. Adam Schiff and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, have discussed whether Moscow was financially involved in DJT Holdings. Fusion GPS was the research firm that hired former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, who wrote a dossier alleging that Trump hired prostitutes to “perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him” during a visit to the Moscow Ritz-Carlton in 2013. Simpson told a congressional hearing last January that Trump’s golf courses in Scotland and Ireland were “concerning” because their financial statements show “enormous amounts of capital flowing into these projects from unknown sources.” Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson testified about possible Russian involvement in Trump’s Scottish and Irish properties last year. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Simpson said that the golf courses “don’t, on their face, show Russian involvement, but what they do show is enormous amounts of capital flowing into these projects from unknown sources and — or at least on paper it says it’s from the Trump Organization, but it’s hundreds of millions of dollars.” “These golf courses are just, you know, they’re sinks,” he added. “They don’t actually make any money.” INSIDER has contacted the Trump Organization and Trump Turnberry for comment on The Times’ report and Simpson’s comments. Read more: Fusion GPS interview with House panel leaves huge pile of breadcrumbs for Trump-Russia investigatorsTrump walks off the 4th green while playing golf at Turnberry last July. AP Photo/Peter Morrison The subpoena into DJT Holdings comes after The New York Times reported that the Trump Organization asked Deutsche Bank for a loan to pay for work on a golf resort in Turnberry during the 2016 campaign. However, the German lender refused, reportedly worrying that public knowledge of a new financial deal with Trump would hurt its reputation. Read more: Deutsche Bank reportedly refused Trump a loan during the 2016 campaign after considering the possibility that they would have to seize assets of a president The New York Times said the Trump Organization denied requesting any loans for the purchase or refurbishment of Turnberry, but did not explicitly deny asking Deutsche Bank for money.
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