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Trump Intervened In FBI HQ Project To Protect His Hotel, Democrats Allege

Trump Intervened In FBI HQ Project To Protect His Hotel, Democrats Allege
October 18, 2018 Elijah James Logan

President Trump intervened in a big federal building project to help protect business for his hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, a group of House Democrats alleged on Thursday. Trump wants to demolish and rebuild the FBI’s headquarters, the Democrats say, to preserve the site’s government ownership and deny any potential competitors to the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office Pavilion up the street. The Democrats called that an abuse of power and a violation of the regulations that are supposed to protect such arrangements from political influence. Before Trump was elected, he expressed interest in an earlier project that would have involved moving the FBI to a new site in suburban Maryland and selling its Pennsylvania Avenue location to a private developer. That prospective move-and-sale deal was scrapped last year. “Given this background, President Trump should have avoided all interactions or communications relating to the FBI headquarters project to prevent both real and

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