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Aug 29, 2019

This Week: Bill Barr Spends A Toyota’s Worth At His Boss’s Hotel, Free Booze Included

Even for ethics experts used to Trump’s blatant self-dealing, this week was a shock. The President, with the world’s eyes upon him, plugged his Doral, Florida, golf club as a potential host for the next Group of Seven meeting. “Each country can have their own villa or their own bungalow,” he told reporters from France. “They have a lot of units in them.” Trump claimed that “military people” and “secret service people” had surveyed potential sites and determined his Doral club was the best fit. Of course, anonymous White House officials are now hedging, but anonymous White House officials also kicked off the news cycle by telling the Washington Post last month that Trump had suggested holding the G7 at Doral. Even if the diplomatic gathering ends up at the Four Seasons, Doral — yes, that Doral — got the international spotlight for weeks. Bill Barr will spend $30,000 at the President’s hotel. Nothing to see here, folks, just the attorney…

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