Wells Fargo is requesting that a court-appointed receiver take over a distressed portfolio of 89 hotels owned by affiliates of Colony Capital, as the hotels, like much of the hospitality industry, have been hit hard by the COVID-19 economic downturn.

Sen. Macro Rubio, R-Fla., fired off letters Thursday to 12 major banks, including Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America, asking whether they had prioritized certain applicants for emergency small business loans in violation of the government-backed loan program’s requirement that loans be serviced on a first-come, first-served basis.