The nation’s top law enforcement official plans to spend upward of $30,000 at a hotel the president still owns and profits from for a holiday party, according to a blockbuster scoop from the Washington Post’s Jonathan O’Connell and David Fahrenthold. Attorney General William Barr reportedly wants people to believe he’s doing so not to promote his boss’s business, but because no other event space was available in Washington, DC, on a Sunday night four months down the road.

The Post says Barr booked a December 8 family holiday party at the Trump International Hotel, and, citing a Justice Department official, reports that “Barr is paying for the event himself and chose the venue only after other hotels, including the Willard and the Mayflower, were booked. … The official said the purpose of Barr’s party wasn’t to curry favor with the president.”

Oh, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, as we have become the United States of Russia.