Titus sets investigative sights on Trump profiting from D.C. hotel

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The Old Post Office in Washington, D.C. leased by Trump as a hotel. Trumphotels.com
emoluments violation
The Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C., leased by Trump for a hotel. Trumphotels.com

The General Services Administration (GSA) “ignored the Constitution” and should have analyzed whether Donald Trump’s profiting from the lease of government property for his Washington D.C. hotel is a violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, concludes an Inspector General’s report released Wednesday.

And Nevada Rep. Dina Titus, the ranking Democrat on a subcommittee with oversight of the GSA, appears eager to pounce.

“The Inspector General’s report provides new evidence that Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by refusing to separate himself from the Trump Organization’s business interests,” Titus said in a statement.

“As long as the President continues to personally profit from the Trump Hotel in Washington, he is essentially accepting bribes from giant corporations looking for sweetheart deals and from foreign interests currying favor,” Titus said. “Instead of draining the swamp, Donald Trump is selling out our democracy to the highest bidder.”

“As the leading Democrat on the subcommittee responsible for overseeing the GSA, I will lead the effort to hold the Trump Administration accountable for this egregious violation of the Constitution,” she said.

Titus is the ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management subcommittee, which oversees the GSA.

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.

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