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Trump hotel Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. Photo by Michael A. Scarcella/NLJ

Lawyers representing President Donald Trump’s hotel in downtown Washington this week lost their bid to dismiss claims from a group of District of Columbia residents, including a retired federal judge, that Trump’s alleged poor character and fitness should bar the renewal of the venue’s city liquor license.

The hotel’s lawyers had argued the D.C. residents should not be allowed to question the character of Trump as only one of the names appearing on the alcohol license on his hotel just blocks from the White House. Five members of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rejected the argument in an order dated June 12.

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Mike Scarcella

Mike Scarcella is a senior editor in Washington on ALM Media's regulatory desk. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MikeScarcella. Mike works on a slate of newsletters: Supreme Court Brief | Higher Law | Compliance Hot Spots | Labor of Law.

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