DeFazio, Titus demand answers from GSA on Trump’s D.C. hotel lease

Emoluments Palace
Dean Suhr [CC BY-SA 4.0, from Wikimedia Commons

Emoluments Palace
Dean Suhr [CC BY-SA 4.0, from Wikimedia Commons
Last week an Inspector General report that found the General Services Administration “ignored the Constitution” and refused to analyze whether allowing Donald Trump to profit while president from government property was a violation of the Emoluments Clause.

This week House members with oversight of the GSA are demanding answers.

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committe, and Nevada Rep. Dina Titus, ranking member of a subcommittee which oversees GSA, are giving GSA Administrator Emily Murphy until Feb. 8 to answer questions or be hauled before the committee to testify under oath.

In a Jan. 22 letter to Murphy, DeFazio and Titus criticize “your agency’s repeated refusal to provide documents” about Trump “serving as both a landlord and tenant” of the Old Post Office which Trump leases from the federal government for his hotel.

DeFazio and Titus are demanding correspondence between the GSA and Trump, as well as Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Eric Trump. The members are also seeking hotel financial records, among other information.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.


  1. my favorite is all the tourists who make sure they get a selfie flipping the bird up at our own little hotel drumpf on the strip


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