November 30, 2016 6:07 pm

Democrats ask US agency for info on Donald Trump hotel lease

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WASHINGTON – House Democrats are seeking information from the government’s leasing agency about potential conflicts of interest created by President-elect Donald Trump’s lease for a luxury hotel in downtown Washington.

The Trump International Hotel opened this fall on Pennsylvania Avenue, a few blocks from the White House. The 263-room hotel sits on property owned by the federal government.

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Democrats say the hotel’s lease with the General Services Administration bars any federal elected official from deriving “any benefit” from the agreement.

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Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Peter DeFazio of Oregon and two other Democrats say the lease terms present “a clear and very real conflict that will be triggered” as soon as Trump is sworn in next month. They called on GSA to take “concrete steps” to avert the conflict.

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