Montgomery County and the business are trying to reach a legal deal about a garage abutting the Capital Crescent Trail. “I think both parties realize this could be a nasty, long fight with nobody happy at the end,” one attorney said.
President Trump’s budget would eliminate federal money for the $73 million program, increasing the pressure on local lawmakers, especially four on the powerful House and Senate appropriations committees, to restore the funding.
Nine of 13 council members took part in the trip, during which the D.C. contingent threw a party at a plush nightclub. But with the city in the midst of a building boom, some are questioning the lawmakers’ travel and pitch to retail chains.
As the investigations intensify, the president has tapped a trusted lawyer who has represented him in numerous cases, including on real estate transactions, efforts to keep divorce records sealed and allegations of fraud at Trump University.
The lawsuit, which covers Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram pickups, echoes the Justice Department's highly publicized emissions suit against Volkswagen, which resulted in one of the costliest corporate criminal convictions ever.
In February 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump promised $6 million in donations, including $1 million from his own pocket, to charities along his campaign trail. Months later, he had donated far less than he pledged. Post reporter David A. Fahrenthold went in search of the missing money and found a bigger story than he ever expected.