If President-elect Donald Trump takes office — and many are doing their dangdest to ensure he won’t — he’ll have a major breach of contract on his hands. For someone who loves filing lawsuits as much as Mein Trumpf does, he should feel extremely worried about that new Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. right about now.
On Wednesday, House Democrats sent an urgent letter to Denise Turner Roth, the administrator for the General Services Administration (GSA) with a strong warning about this breach of contract. You see, the GSA owns the Old Post Office building and holds Donald Trump’s lease. And, as one of our nation’s biggest and orangest landlords, the president-elect should know how leases work.
The too-long-didn’t-read (TLDR) summary? People holding elected office are barred from leasing property from the U.S. Government. You know… like the Trump International Hotel.
Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings (Md.), Peter DeFazio (Ore.), Gerry Connolly (Va.) and André Carson (Ind.) all signed the letter, which begins:
‘We write to follow up on our request from November 30, 2016, for information about how the General Services Administration (GSA) plans to address the imminent breach-of-lease and conflict-of-interest issues created by president-elect Donald Trump’s lease with the U.S. Government for the Trump International Hotel building in Washington D.C.’
The letter warns that Donald Trump’s breach of contract would go in effect “the moment he takes office.”
‘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 House Democrats then demanded that Donald Trump address this potential breach of the Trump International Hotel’s lease by removing himself from the equation.
‘The Deputy Commissioner made clear that Mr. Trump must divest himself not only of managerial control but of all ownership interest as well.’
As The Bipartisan Report explained back in November, a sharp-eyed government procurement expert and George Washington School of Law professor named Steven Schooner was the first to point out this looming disaster for Donald Trump lurking in the fine print of his lease.
To add insult to injury, the new head of the GSA will be appointed by… Donald Trump.
Watch: Rachel Maddow reports on Trump’s looming breach of contract with his D.C. hotel.
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