A headline on the front page of Panama’s La Prensa newspaper Monday said, “Trump Organization Pressures Varela.” (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
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Lawyers representing U.S. President Donald Trump's family hotel business appealed to Panama's president for help days before an emergency arbitrator declined to reinstate the Trump management team to a luxury waterfront hotel. The Britton & Iglesias firm, which has represented the Trump Organization in its fight to continue running the hotel, addressed a letter dated March 22 to President Juan Carlos Varela. A copy of the letter was provided to the Associated Press by contacts who have worked as a liaison to the building's owners in Panama.The letter raises questions about the president's family business matter of factly requesting another president's help in a private business matter by invoking a treaty signed by the U.S. and Panama. It says that lawyers representing the Trump Organization are aware of "the separation of powers of the State," but essentially asks Panama's president to intervene in the judicial process.
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