House Dems say Trump will be in breach of contract over hotel
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump visits Virginia golf club Dem rep: Kushner ‘lied’, should be investigated Meet Trump's new communications director MORE will be in breach of contract with the General Services Administration (GSA) over his Washington hotel when he takes office, Democratic lawmakers say in a new letter.

The letter was sent to the GSA by Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings (Md.), Peter DeFazio (Ore.), Gerry ConnollyGerry ConnollyDem rep: Trump threatened Mueller by trying to set limits for Russia probe Overnight Cybersecurity: State Department reportedly eliminating cyber office | Senate Intel chief avoids White House during Russia probe | Dem pushes 'ethical hacking' resolution House panel approves backup plan to improve agencies' IT MORE (Va.) and André Carson (Ind.). It thanks the GSA for a briefing delivered to lawmakers about possible conflicts of interest regarding the Trump International Hotel.

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“Most importantly, the Deputy Commissioner informed our staff that GSA assesses that Mr. Trump will be in breach of the lease agreement the moment he takes office on January  20, 2017, unless he fully divest himself of all financial interests in the lease for the Washington, D.C. hotel,” the lawmakers wrote.

“The Deputy Commissioner made clear that Mr. Trump must divest himself not only of managerial control but of all ownership interest as well.”

Trump’s company is leasing the Old Post Office building from the federal government for the hotel.

According to the letter, the lease agreement explicitly prohibits any elected official from becoming party to the contract or benefitting from it.

The lawmakers wrote that the GSA has not received any communications from Trump officials, and the GSA would normally bring the matter in front of the U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.

The letter also lashed out at Ivanka Trump, who has apparently been the lead on negotiations with the GSA over the hotel, over the conflicts that her position poses.

“In other words, Ms. Trump is all of the following  —  the President-elect’s daughter, a top presidential transition team official, a lessee under the contract GSA oversees, and the primary contact for GSA on the lease. The conflicts of interest are obvious,” the letter reads.