Feds investigating Trump International Hotel’s lease of government-owned property
Federal investigators are examining the controversial lease program used by the Trump International Hotel in Washington.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the General Services Administration (GSA) have opened investigations of the Trump Organization’s lease of the Old Post Office building, reported Bloomberg BNA.
The GAO has been examining the GSA’s outleasing program, which the Trump Organization used to lease the hotel, since June after two Democratic lawmakers — Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Hank Johnson (D-GA) — pressed for a probe.
The U.S. comptroller general, who oversees the office, is looking into guidelines the GSA uses for leases terms and conditions — including provisions that prohibit public officials from sharing in benefits from the agreement.
President Donald Trump’s two adult sons have helmed Trump Organization since his inauguration.
The GAO is also reviewing the March 23 decision by contracting officer Kevin Terry, who approved the lease.
“We will be looking at the GSA outleasing program writ large,” GAO spokeswoman Jennifer Ashley told Bloomberg BNA. “We are just getting started, so the detailed scope has yet to be determined.”
The GSA inspector general is also reviewing the lease of the Old Post Office Building by the Trump International Hotel, which opened last fall just blocks from the White House.