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Prosecutors to subpoena Trump hotel business records

AFP  |  Washington 

Prosecutors in and have announced subpoenas for the records of 13 private businesses owned by as part of an investigation into whether the US is illegally benefitting from his hotel.

The investigation focuses on the just four blocks away from the White House, which has become popular with foreign dignitaries and seeking to gain favour with the

The and attorneys general also issued subpoenas on Tuesday to five federal agencies for records related to the Trump hotel, which occupies the stately Old Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue and is owned by the

Trump's victory in the in November 2016 immediately made the five-star hotel a hub for Washington politics, with various governments and embassies hosting receptions there.

According to the Washington Post, the spent more than $270,000 on rooms and other facilities in the hotel.

In June 2017 Washington and filed suit, saying Trump was violating the emoluments clause of the US constitution, which prohibits officials from receiving gifts, payments or other valuable benefits from foreign governments and foreign officials.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 05:05 IST