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Dems Sue Trump Admin. Over the Release of Trump Hotel Documents

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A logo sign outside of the Trump International Hotel in the Old Post Office building in downtown Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2017. (Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Friday, 03 November 2017 10:53 AM

House Democrats are suing the General Services Administration, which controls a large number off federal properties including the building that houses the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The lawsuit filed Thursday says the GSA did not comply with a rule that allows seven members of the oversight panel to request documents from a federal government agency, according to HuffPost. 

Seven Democratic members of the committee sent a request to the GSA on Feb. 8 seeking documents regarding the hotel's finances, with the goal being able to check on whether President Donald Trump was profiting from his position through the D.C. hotel.

After the election, the hotel's profits incr​eased. The GSA's inspector general and the Government Accountability Office are investigating the propriety of the hotel's lease, HuffPost reported.

"The hotel is not just a building with Donald Trump's name on it," Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said, according to HuffPost.

"It is a glaring symbol of the Trump administration's lack of accountability and a daily reminder of the refusal by Republicans in Congress to do their job. This may be standard operating procedure in foreign countries — but not here. Not in America," said Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the oversight committee.

The seven members used the Seven Member Rule statute in the February request. They had used it in December with then-president Barack Obama's administration, which complied with the request.

The Trump administration, however, has said the Seven Member Rule did not apply. It said materials could only be requested through the committee chairman, which is now Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.

"We regret that we have to go to court to obtain these basic documents, which are clearly within our committee's jurisdiction. We would not be here today if Chairman Gowdy and his Republican colleagues would do their jobs," Cummings said, according to HuffPost.

"In my opinion, House Republicans are aiding and abetting President Trump's ongoing abuses," Cummings added.

In 2013, Trump signed a 60-year lease to open the hotel in the Old Post Office Pavilion, which is owned by the federal government. Trump and daughter Ivanka retained their stakes in the property, although legal and contracting experts expected that the lease would be voided because of a clause that forbid any elected official from benefiting from the deal, according to The Washington Post. 

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