Four House Democrats said Donald Trump will be in violation of the lease of his Trump International Hotel in Washington DC once he is sworn as president of the United States. But federal officials overseeing the lease said it’s too early to determine whether he will violate a clause in the agreement.
A line in the contract bars any “elected official of the Government of the United States” from being “admitted to any share or part of this Lease or to any benefit that may arise therefrom.” “It is our obligation as members of congress to identify and hopefully prevent these types of constitutional violations,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, one of the four Democrats looking into the deal.
Cummings, along with Peter DeFazio of Oregon, Gerald Connolly of Virginia and Andre Carson of Indiana wrote the General Services Administration on Wednesday seeking clarification. The GSA issued the 60-year lease on the federal property occupied by the new Trump International Hotel.
Major News: Fed Gov Tells Congress Trump Will Be in Violation of His Lease on DC Hotel as Soon as He is Sworn In. A real conflict now. pic.twitter.com/LRNjAsQCFR
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) December 14, 2016
But the agency replied that it is still waiting to hear Trump’s plan to leave his businesses.
The GSA just released an Old Post Office statement: they can’t determine anything about Trump’s lease until Trump takes office pic.twitter.com/ymStO9xu77
— Ethan Rothstein (@BisnowEthan) December 14, 2016