Last March, WNYC took note of the vast sums spent on Trump’s inauguration, which cost twice as much as the previously most expensive inaugural event, yet could not easily account for where all the extra money had gone.
…The story appeared to revolve primarily around Trump cronies using the inauguration for enrichment or political influence. …The probe also looked into whether the inaugural fund had accepted foreign money, which is prohibited.
But WNYC found in December that one possible source of overpayments included fees to Donald Trump’s Washington hotel.
…Of course, fees to Trump’s hotel go straight into the pockets of Donald Trump and his family. So these apparent tax law violations — which amount to embezzling funds from the inaugural committee through self-dealing — were carried out for their personal benefit.