Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin was at Trump’s DC hotel last year raising legal issues

In two cases that made their way through federal court, plaintiffs have alleged that Trump – by maintaining his financial interest in his companies and doing business with state governments – violated the constitution’s domestic compensation clause. A key example cited by plaintiffs was visits by ardent Trump supporter and Republican Paul LePage to the hotel when he was governor of Maine.

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Bevin’s previously unreported stay at the hotel is likely to be another example for the plaintiffs in one case in just three weeks. Attorneys-general for DC and Maryland plan to argue in the federal appeals court that the president must get Congressional approval in order to accept payments from states or foreign governments.

Lawyers defending Trump have argued in court that the compensation clauses do not prevent the president from accepting market-rate hotel room payments and that Trump did not violate any of the compensation clauses.

As governor, Bevin was a close ally of Trump and ran a campaign spot saying that Trump is “taking America to new heights” and that “together, our changes are working.” He was a regular visitor to the White House and attended events related to human resource development and criminal justice. Earlier this month, in Kentucky, Trump campaigned for Bevin’s re-election bid, which failed when Bevin lost to Democrat Andy Beshear last week.

Other guests have recognized staying at the hotel as a way to do the president a favor. Trump’s company is now considering selling the property, citing the difficulty of maximizing profits while Trump is in office.

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The documents describing Bevin’s whereabouts were made available to The Post by the state surveillance group American Oversight, which it obtained at the request of public documents. Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight, said the hotel was “the mix of business, politics, and public service of the president that Matt Bevin also appears to have mimicked.”

Bevin and Kentucky Republican Party spokesmen did not respond to requests for comment.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and DC Attorney General Karl A. Racine, Democrats who sued Trump over constitutional law, said through spokesmen that such a state-funded stay – although later reimbursed by a political party – was theirs Case would strengthen.

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“As we stated in our complaint, we believe that such cases occur regularly and we are not surprised to learn of this development,” said Frosh spokeswoman Raquel Coombs.

Judges on the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals are due to hear arguments in Richmond on Dec. 12, and legal experts believe the case is likely to reach the Supreme Court as a court has yet to rule on the compensation rules.

In another case, entrepreneurs are suing Trump over the compensation clause, claiming he used the presidency to gain an unfair advantage over competing restaurants and hotels. This case is in the 2nd appeals court in New York. A third case filed by Congressional Democrats focuses on overseas spending on Trump properties.

Deepak Gupta, an attorney for plaintiffs, said, “It is entirely possible that this payment is in breach of the domestic compensation clause.”

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“In order to prevent domestic corruption, this clause strictly limits the president to a fixed salary and prevents him from accepting” other payments “from one of the states,” he said.

William S. Consovoy, a Trump private attorney, did not respond to a request for comment. Consovoy has argued that the president cannot be investigated for a crime while in office.

The Justice Department, which is also defending Trump in these cases, declined to comment. Trump Organization officials did not respond to a request for comment.

It is unclear why Bevin was in Washington January 29-31, 2018, or whether other state officials such as auxiliaries or security guards stayed with him at the Trump Hotel.

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