Democrats Question Plan For New FBI Headquarters Near Trump's DC Hotel

Democrats Question Plan For New FBI Headquarters Near Trump's DC Hotel

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Five Democrats, each the ranking member of their party on House committees, made these allegations in a letter to the General Services Administration (GSA) head, Emily Murphy.

GSA press secretary Pamela Dixon said Cummings and the Democrats are putting the blame in the wrong place: The FBI made the decisions about the headquarters project, not the president.

The Trump Organization had arranged to lease the Old Post Office building from the federal government prior to Trump's bid for the White House, and the GSA is now the landlord of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, which is located just blocks away from the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover Building.

After suggesting to Congress that the president had no role in the discussions during a House Appropriations Committee hearing in April, Murphy was later shown to have attended two meetings at the White House in January on the relocation plan, including one meeting with Trump in the Oval Office, where the plans were discussed, the report said.

"Given this background, President Trump should have avoided all interactions or communications relating to the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters project to prevent both real and perceived conflicts of interest", Democrats wrote in a letter on Thursday.

A sign stands outside the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters in Washington, D.C., February 2, 2018.

In August, an inspector general's report said the GSA official overseeing plans for the headquarters delivered incomplete - and possibly misleading - testimony to a congressional committee about the White House's input.

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However, after he was elected, Trump opposed the relocation, reportedly because of the concern that a hotel built on the property could take business from his.

GSA's inspector general earlier had determined that Trump intervened with Murphy but didn't address any underlying reasons.

FBI leaders dreamed about escaping to a new, bigger location outside the District, perhaps in Prince George's County, Md., where the bureau could have accommodated more employees in a more than $3.5 billion state-of-the-art facility.

File photo of then Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, left, his wife Melania Trump and daughter Tiffany Trump cutting the ribbon at the new Trump International Hotel on October 26, 2016, in Washington.

The Democrats said the documents describe the decision not to sell the existing J. Edgar Hoover FBI building to private developers as a "direction from the White House" and as "the project the president wants".

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In other emails, the chief of staff referred to the project as "a demolition/new construction per the president's instructions" and "what POTUS directed everyone to do".

The letter was signed by House members Elijah Cummings, Peter DeFazio, Gerald Connolly, Mike Quigley and Dina Titus.

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