Drawing further attention to one the many business ventures likely to conflict with Donald Trump’s responsibilities as president, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) are demanding information about a particular luxury hotel lease said to present an “unmanageable conflic[t] of interest” for the incoming administration.
In a strongly-worded letter (pdf) sent to the head of the General Services Administration (GSA) on Thursday, the senators ask that the office explain how they plan to address the situation, which will “effectively make President-elect Trump landlord and tenant” of the Trump International Hotel, a predicament that violates numerous federal laws.
As the letter explains,
Not only does the lease explicitly state that no “elected official…shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease,” but, as the letter notes, “[i]f the current lease agreement remains, President-elect Trump will receive compensation from the federal government separate from his annual salary, which is prohibited by the Constitution.”
Should Trump retain ownership of the hotel, “that would mean the Trump organization would be negotiating annual rent payments with federal bureaucrats who work for Donald Trump,” NBC explains.
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