Roll Call reports:
Key House Democrats pressed the head of the General Services Administration to provide more information Thursday about President Donald Trump’s role in the proposal to rebuild the FBI headquarters building on its current footprint on Pennsylvania Ave.
“As a direct result of President Trump’s clear conflict of interest on this matter, we are now requesting information and documents to determine whether the President is making decisions about the FBI headquarters building based on what is best for the country or what is best for his own financial bottom-line,” wrote the five House members, who are all ranking members of relevant committees or subcommittees.
From their letter demanding answers:
Many years before becoming President, Donald Trump expressed interest in the FBI headquarters moving out of Washington, D.C. so he could acquire the land on Pennsylvania Avenue and redevelop the property, which is directly across the street from the Trump International Hotel.
However, after he was sworn in as President — and became ineligible as a federal employee to obtain the property — he reportedly became ‘dead opposed’ to the government selling the property, which would have allowed commercial developers to compete directly with the Trump Hotel.
Given this background, President Trump should have avoided all interactions or communications relating to the FBI headquarters project to prevent both real and perceived conflicts of interest. He should not have played any role in a determination that bears directly on his own financial interests with the Trump Hotel.”
After taking office, Trump immediately scrapped the Obama-era plan to consolidate FBI operations at a location in DC’s suburbs.
President Trump was more instrumental than previously known in scrapping plans to move the FBI headquarters out of Washington to the DC suburbs, according to newly released emails https://t.co/ftZnQjmz0O pic.twitter.com/V2iE3tRB26
— CNN (@CNN) October 18, 2018
President Donald Trump personally intervened to stop the FBI from moving its headquarters, emails made public Thursday reveal. Opening up the FBI's current location for redevelopment would have created competition for Trump's hotel. https://t.co/DhnA9sJ0Km
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) October 18, 2018