2016 ELECTION/IVANKA/LAWSUIT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee spent funds on hotel rooms and meals at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC and also rented space there at rates negotiated partly by Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, WNYC and ProPublica reported Friday [12-14-18]. Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating the committee for possible financial abuses related to the more than $100 million in donations it raised, people familiar with the matter have told CNN. Inauguration organizers held events at the Trump International, then newly opened in a federally owned property just blocks from the White House. The hotel, a favorite hangout for Trump administration officials and associates, has lately been the focus of renewed scrutiny. The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia have subpoenaed the Trump organization and related entities for tax and business records relating to the hotel’s business as part of a suit claiming that Trump, who has retained his interest in the Trump Organization, is in violation of a constitutional ban on the President receiving payments from foreign or domestic governments.”

Caroline Kelly, “WNYC: Ivanka Trump involved in negotiations for Trump Hotel rentals during inauguration,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, December 14, 2018 2:06 pm