Watchdog probing federal agency’s handling of Trump DC hotel

 Watchdog probing federal agency’s handling of Trump DC hotel
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The Office of Inspector General in the General Services Administration (GSA) is overseeing a review of the agency's enforcement of the Trump Organization's lease on its hotel in downtown Washington, an agency spokesperson told CNN

The Trump International Hotel D.C. is housed in the old Federal Post Office building, which the Trump Organization has leased since 2013.

Trump was elected after the lease was enacted, and has transferred all control of the organization to his oldest sons but still benefits from a trust fund tied to the company.

However, many have been critical of the Trump name on the lease, which says no "elected official of the government ... shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom." 


Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have filed lawsuits accusing the president of unfairly benefiting from the hotel while in office. CREW claims the lease is a violation of the Constitution and has partnered with American Oversight to sue the GSA to release documents related to the hotel's lease. 

"The terms of the GSA's lease with the Trump Organization specifically forbid any elected official from benefiting from this property and no one — not even the president — is above the law," American Oversight senior adviser Melanie Sloan told CNN on Tuesday. "We're glad the GSA's Inspector General is taking a long-overdue look at the murky circumstances surrounding this lease."