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Inspector Gen. Looks Into GSA's Handling of Trump's DC Hotel

Inspector Gen. Looks Into GSA's Handling of Trump's DC Hotel
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By    |   Tuesday, 29 August 2017 10:15 PM

The Office of Inspector General in the General Services Administration is reviewing how the agency has handled President Donald Trump's Washington hotel lease, CNN reported Tuesday.

"GSA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) is evaluating GSA's management and administration of the ground lease for the Old Post Office Building," the agency's spokeswoman Pamela Dixon told CNN.

The Trump Organization has leased the building that now houses Trump International Hotel D.C. since 2013. Trump was elected after the lease was enacted, and has transferred all control of the Organization to his oldest sons, but still benefits from a trust fund tied to the company, The Hill reported.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics and American Oversight have previously sued for GSA lease documents and called for the GSA inspector general to probe the hotel lease, CNN reported.

"The terms of the GSA's lease with the Trump Organization specifically forbid any elected official from benefiting from this property and no one – not even the president – is above the law," American Oversight senior adviser Melanie Sloan said in a statement Tuesday, CNN reported.

"We're glad the GSA's Inspector General is taking a long-overdue look at the murky circumstances surrounding this lease."

Democratic Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly told Federal News Radio, which first reported the evaluation, the review "is important and must be free of any interference."

"As soon as the president was sworn in the Trump organization was in violation of its lease," Connolly argued. "The language in the lease makes absolutely clear that no elected official can benefit from the contract. GSA's determination otherwise is confounding and taints this administration."

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