Global Witness investigation finds Trump Organization may be pursuing new business deal in the Dominican Republic, raising ethics concerns

 

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17 December 2018

A foreign affair: Conflicts of interest in the White House and Trump's Dominican Republic deal

Author: Global Witness

Despite President Donald Trump’s pledge to pursue no new foreign business deals while in office, Global Witness’ investigation shows that Trump is forging ahead with what appears to be a new real estate deal in the Dominican Republic–regardless of any corruption or conflicts of interest risks... Until now, further details of the Trumps’ new business in the Dominican Republic has been unknown. Global Witness went undercover at the Cap Cana resort and discovered that the Trumps are pursuing what appears to be a new deal, in contradiction to Trump’s pledge not to. Hallmarks of a new deal include, among others, a potential change in Trump’s role as developer instead of licensor, and the fact that the new and previous developments are not even close to one another – they are five miles apart.

...Global Witness’ new investigation underscores the need for a comprehensive conflict of interest law that holds both the president and vice president accountable to the American people... In response to our investigation, the Trump Organization denied that they are involved in any current project in the Dominican Republic.

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17 December 2018

Trump business deal in the Dominican Republic may be unconstitutional

Author: Global Witness

Global Witness revealed today that US President Donald Trump is forging ahead with what appears to be a new business deal in the Dominican Republic. This deal poses a conflict of interest for the President and may expose him to violations of the U.S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clause... A sales representative confirmed that the Trumps are going back into business with the Hazourys and stated that Trump Organization is the developer of a commercial and residential project on the beach at the Cap Cana resort, and has the requisite permits to start building. Previously, the Trump Organization and Hazourys claimed that the project is a continuation of their 2007 deal... In response to our investigation, the Trump Organization now deny that they are involved in any current project in the Dominican Republic. However, Global Witness has identified features of the deal that suggest that it is indeed new. 

Global Witness calls upon requisite authorities... to investigate these allegations..., [on] Congress [to] pass legislation that ensures the president and vice president address actual and perceived conflicts of interest,... [and asserts that] Trump should be required to turn over all relevant proceeds to the appropriate authorities to address current conflicts of interest and prevent the president from further profiting from his office.

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17 December 2018

Trump Organization plots return to Dominican Republic, sparking ethics concerns

Author: Matthew Mosk, Kyra Phillips, Alex Hosenball, Kaitlyn Folmer & Brian Epstein, ABC News

When the Trump Organization left the Dominican Republic after the economy crashed ten years ago, their plans for dozens of luxury estates in a Trump-branded development appeared to leave with them... Now, there are signs the Trump brand may be returning to the Dominican Republic, and that has critics sounding alarms about the potential conflicts of interest... The Trump Organization calls the Global Witness report “completely false,” maintaining that it has no new development deals in the works and insists talks with the Dominican developers have been infrequent. “In 2007, the company entered into a license agreement with a local developer for a multi-component real estate development project to be built over several years,” said the company in a statement. “Though there have been some discussions about starting the next phase of the development, there are no plans in place at this time.” An executive at the Trump Organization told ABC News that the company’s original 2007 agreement always envisioned their return to build a beachfront hotel and condominium project. “This was all contemplated from day one,” said the executive, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to discuss the deal publicly... “New or old, Trump’s business in the Dominican Republic poses a conflict of interest for him and for the American people,” a new report from Global Witness said, “as his business interests and the foreign policy interests of the U.S. may not always align.”

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