Qatar bought fourth condo in Trump Tower after emoluments lawsuit was dismissed: report

Qatar bought fourth condo in Trump Tower after emoluments lawsuit was dismissed: report

The Qatari government earlier this year bought a multimillion-dollar apartment in Trump Tower, just weeks after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit accusing President TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE of illegally benefitting from such deals.

The Qatar mission to the United States signed the $6.5 million condo deal on Jan. 17, according to records reviewed by The Guardian. 

On Dec. 21, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) that claimed Trump was violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which bars elected officials from financially benefitting from foreign governments.

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At the time, the Qatari government already owned three other units in the building, worth about $10 million. Trump has not fully divested from his businesses, instead handing control to his sons, and critics argue that deals like this one make the president susceptible to foreign influence.

Qatari officials told The Guardian that the condominiums were purchased solely because of their convenient location in midtown Manhattan.

The State Department in March approved more than $450 million in weapons sales to the country and the United Arab Emirates amid a blockade from other Gulf countries.

Trump is also facing two separate lawsuits over alleged emoluments clause violations, and this week asked a federal court to dismiss one of the lawsuits. A federal judge in March rejected Trump’s push to dismiss the third suit, allowing it to proceed.