Federal Watchdogs Are Now Investigating Trump’s DC Hotel: Report
On Wednesday Bloomberg reported that two federal offices are investigating the leases of federal properties to private businesses, this includes Trump’s lease of the Old Post Office building in Washington, D.C. which is now a Trump Hotel.
According to the report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is now looking into the General Services Administration’s (GSA) “outleasing” program that gave Trump the green light for the contract.
Charles Young, the GAO’s managing director of public affairs, spoke with The Hill via email, telling them that the agency wasn’t specifically looking at the Trump International Hotel lease but would look “generally at the GSA outleasing program.”
“We expect that it will cover a wide range of issues and leases,” he said. “But the work is not focused on any one lease.”
Jennifer Ashley, a spokeswoman for the GAO, told Bloomberg BNA that the agency would be “looking at the GSA outleasing program writ large.”
“We are just getting started, so the detailed scope has yet to be determined,” she said.
Sarah Breen, a spokeswoman for the GSA Inspector General, also spoke with The Hill via email, confirming that the office is reviewing the lease.
Breen said “the Office of Inspections has initiated an evaluation of GSA’s management and administration of the Old Post Office Building ground lease,” where the Trump hotel is located.