On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was asked by a reporter why the Republican coronavirus stimulus bill contains a passage funding construction of a new FBI headquarters.
He appeared confused by the question and surprised to learn this was even the case. “I’m not sure that it is,” said McConnell. “Is it?”
.@LACaldwellDC asks Mitch McConnell why the GOP coronavirus aid bill includes money for a new FBI building. He looks perplexed. “I’m not sure that it is. Is it?”
(It is.) pic.twitter.com/wkdSocln8I
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) July 27, 2020
The stimulus bill does indeed include a proposal to fund the FBI headquarters construction at its original spot, which was requested by President Donald Trump.
The Trump Organization stands to gain a higher return on its lease of the Old Post Office Building, which it has converted into a hotel, if the FBI headquarters is rebuilt on its current site instead of relocated to Virginia, a move which would be less expensive.
The GOP *coronavirus* relief proposal includes… money for a new FBI headquarters in DC pic.twitter.com/b6FJIQkIfs
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) July 27, 2020