The Trump organization’s Washington D.C. hotel, leased from property owned by the federal government, has been put on the market. But selling the property won’t rid the president of the constitutional questions that have dogged Trump and the property since before Trump’s inauguration, Nevada Rep. Dina Titus says.
“Donald Trump should’ve completely divested from his businesses before he became President,” said Titus, who chairs a subcommittee at the center of congressional investigations into Trump’s lease of the hotel.
“Instead, President Trump has made money from people looking to curry favor by booking hotel rooms and hosting private events,” Titus said. “The Founding Fathers put the Emoluments Clauses in the Constitution to prevent presidents from accepting bribes. Selling this hotel will not change the fact that President Trump has ignored the Constitution for nearly three years and he continues to encourage corruption in his own backyard.”
The news that the Trumps are looking to sell the hotel came a day after Titus and Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D, OR) subpoenaed the General Services Administration for documents the administration has refused to produce relating to the hotel lease.
The hotel deal has also prompted emoluments lawsuits which are still going back and forth in the courts.