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DC liquor board to keep Trump hotel's liquor license intact

Washington, D.C.'s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration decided on Wednesday to keep Trump International Hotel's liquor license intact following a complaint filed by a group of residents.

The liquor board - which is tasked with adjudicating, administering and enforcing alcoholic beverage laws in D.C. - said it was not an "appropriate time" to review the question of the hotel's fitness for licensure.

"The Board does not agree with the assumption that a character and fitness review may be initiated at any time," the board wrote Wednesday. "The law pursuant to the §25-301 states that the standards for review of 'good character' apply 'before issuing, transferring to a new owner, or renewing a license,' and the Board holds that these are the appropriate times to review the question of the fitness."

The complaint, which was filed in June by a group of seven complainants, stated that President Trump failed the "good character" test required of anyone who wishes to sell alcohol.

The group, which included a federal judge, several religious leaders and a former chair of the White House Council on Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships, cited evidence of Trump's character flaws as reason for the control board to pull his hotel's liquor licenses.

The group cited numerous reasons as to why the hotel's liquor licenses should be pulled, including Trump's reported involvement in hush-money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged affair. The group also cited accusations that Trump misstated his net worth and complaints about Trump University's real estate program.

The overall effort had been funded by Jerry Hirsch, the Republican chairman of the group Make Integrity Great Again, Politico reported on Tuesday. 

"Character and the rule of law comprise the foundation of our society, and yet both are under assault," Hirsch said in a statement obtained by the news publication. "This complaint is important because it is a test of both, at a critical time in American history."

The liquor board can reconsider whether Trump has enough "good character" to run a bar in the city when the hotel's liquor license is up for renewal again next year.

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