House Dems say Trump will be in breach of contract over hotel
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpManafort in Russian spotlight Russian bank owners sue BuzzFeed over publishing dossier Why global health investments are key ‘Making America Great’ 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: Abuse, violence against the press 'hallmarks in Trump era' House votes to target human traffickers with cash rewards Overnight Cybersecurity: DOJ names special counsel for Russia probe | NSA warned Microsoft about security flaw | House passes IT modernization bill 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.