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DC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump’s ‘character’

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in Washington may review a group’s challenge to President Trump’s liquor license at his D.C. hotel because he allegedly doesn’t satisfy requirements of having “good character,” The Washington Post reports.

The board issued an order Wednesday that blocked the Trump International Hotel’s motion to dismiss the protest, which came from an attorney, two former judges and some religious leaders who make up the Campaign for Accountability and Transparency Inc.

{mosads}The city requires that those who sell alcoholic beverages in the nation’s capital “is of good character and generally fit for the responsibilities of licensure.” The group asserts the Trump doesn’t meet that bar, the Post reports.

Trump passed off the day-to-day responsibilities to his sons during his presidency, but the president is still an owner of the hotel.

The group’s previous protest against Trump International Hotel was shot down when the board said in September that objections can only be submitted to the panel when a license is up for a renewal. Trump got to keep his liquor license.

The complaint would reportedly be an unprecedented interpretation of the provision, which is typically used in connection with serving minors or violence in the establishment.

The group’s members have to decide if they’re going to turn over their addresses in figuring out if their protest has grounds, the D.C. board told CNN.

If they do have standing, the board will decide if their request gets taken up by the panel.

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