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Portland hotel chain founded by Trump ambassador says boycott is attack on employees

Portland hotel chain founded by Trump ambassador says boycott is attack on employees
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A hotel chain owned by Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandGOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Top Democrat slams Trump's new EU envoy: Not 'a political donor's part-time job' Trump names new EU envoy, filling post left vacant by impeachment witness Sondland MORE, President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE's ambassador to the European Union, is pushing back on a proposed boycott from a Democratic lawmaker, warning it would hurt workers.

Rep. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerFour things Democrats should do in Biden's first 100 days House Republican wants restrictions on masks with messages House passes sweeping reform bill to decriminalize marijuana MORE (D-Ore.) on Wednesday had called for a boycott of Sondland's hotels until the Trump administration official complies with House Democrats' request for documents in its impeachment probe.

Sondland is the founder and chairman of Provenance Hotels, a chain of six hotels in Portland. The area makes up a large part of Blumenauer's district.

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“We are saddened to have our Congressman Earl Blumenauer call for a boycott that would put the livelihoods of thousands of his own constituents in peril. This attack on our employees is unwarranted,” Provenance Hotels spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael told Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Jim McDermottJames (Jim) Adelbert McDermottSondland has 'no intention of resigning,' associate says Three women accuse Gordon Sondland of sexual misconduct Portland hotel chain founded by Trump ambassador says boycott is attack on employees MORE, Sondland's personal attorney, added in a separate statement to the radio station: "Congressman Blumenauer’s irresponsible attempt to hurt a homegrown business that supports hundreds of jobs in our local economy is just shameful and ought to outrage all Oregonians.”

Blumenauer called for the boycott on Twitter, arguing that "no one who cares about America should do any business or stay at any of Gordon Sondland's hotels until he fulfills his duty as a citizen to testify & turn over all relevant documents to the House.”

Sondland, who finds himself embroiled in House Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Trump, reportedly talked to Ukraine about how to respond to Trump's request for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia MORE and his son, Hunter Biden.

Last week, Sondland voluntarily offered to appear before a House committee to testify about what he knew, but the Trump administration blocked him from testifying.