Business Insider: Trump Organization Lawyers Say They Didn't Seek to 'Pressure' Panama President in Hotel Controversy
Lawyers representing President Donald Trump's namesake company on Monday responded to news reports detailing a letter the firm sent to Panama's president, pushing back at the categorization of it as a pressure point in the business dispute.
Earlier Monday, The Associated Press reported on the letter, saying lawyers at Britton & Iglesias appealed directly to Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela president for help in a dispute over a luxury Panama City hotel.
Any US decision affecting Panama will be under the microscope, said Larry Noble, the senior director and general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center.
"It could be a trade deal, it could be aid of some sort, it could be a rule involving the Panama Canal," Noble said.
He added: "This is a good example of what a presidential conflict of interest looks like."