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Notes: Law firm in minority-owned business grant lawsuit has ties to Trump

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The law firm representing the client that challenging Alexandria’s minority-owned business grant also has ties to former President Donald Trump’s tax returns case and a co-founder helped strike down parts of the Voting Rights Act, Patch reported.

The law firm Consovoy McCarthy PLLC is representing Alexandria-based engineering firm Tridentis, which claimed racial discrimination based on the fact that the white ownership is excluded from a city grant program benefitting Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) owned businesses.

One of the founders, William Consovoy, represented Trump in the tax returns case and was involved in challenging parts of the Voting Rights Act in 2013. Consovoy died earlier this month.

The lawsuit says the Equal Protection Clause prohibiting discrimination based on race protects the business owner, who sought to apply for the program but was excluded on the basis of being white.

Kevin Harris, founder of the Alexandria Minority Business Association, called the law firm a sign that the case was political theater.

“Tellingly, Tridentis has hired Consovoy McCarthy PLLC as their legal counsel for this suit.” said Harris. “I think that shows pretty clearly what their end-goal is.”

Multiple attempts to reach Tridentis went unanswered.

The grant program, which has been set to release applications on Thursday, Jan. 26, has been postponed.

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