Well it finally looks like those pesky conflict of interests have caught up with President Elect Donald Trump. Trump and company have done everything in their power so far to skirt this monumental issue that will most likely linger throughout his presidency, however his new lavish Washington D.C. Hotel, will not be one of the pesky conflict of interest problems he has. According to the Associated Press there is a clause that says elected officials can’t be lease holders on government buildings, which the hotel in Washington D.C. is, a former post office. Trump and his team are obviously looking into the matter but lawyers who have examined the clause find this critical language to be standing in Trump’s way of keeping ownership of the hotel, elected official of the Government of the United States” shall be “admitted to any share or part of this Lease.”.
Trump has said many times now that he is elected that most of the conflict of interest laws do not apply to him, for the record that is an extremely shameful position to take now he has the job. This issue appears to be very clear cut though has it is clearly spelled out. Former ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush was quoted as saying “It’s a breach of contract,” said Richard Painter, chief White House ethics lawyer for George W. Bush. “He’s got to get rid of the hotel.” Additionally John Sindelar former senior advisor to the head of the GSA was quoted as saying “He’s going to have to divest himself of the hotel,” Charles Tiefer, an expert in government contract law at the University of Baltimore, said the language in the contract is “unambiguous” and that Trump will clearly be in violation when becomes president. Tiefer served as the general counsel of the House of Representatives for 11 years before he began teaching and said the words are similar to ones used in rules prohibiting members of Congress from doing business with the federal government.
For his part Donald Trump is “supposed” to clear up his intentions with his business interest in a December 15th news conference, it is unclear at this point how the D.C. hotel is included in that.
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