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Mar 7, 2019

This Week: Did Trump Intervene To Ensure His Hotel Doesn’t Have A Competitor Next Door?

Democrats in Congress, after five months of waiting and not much to show for it, wrote to the General Services Administration again this week demanding the documents they requested in October related to the FBI’s construction plans. For years, the FBI planned on building a new campus somewhere in the D.C. suburbs and abandoning its current address just steps away from the Trump International Hotel, where the crumbling J. Edgar Hoover building sits. Before Trump was elected, he expressed interest in the Hoover real estate. After his election — after he could no longer bid on the address — he suddenly insisted that the FBI should hold on to it. Democrats want records that could reveal whether Trump improperly swayed the bureau and GSA’s decision to demolish and rebuild at the FBI’s current address, a costlier option. They also sent similar requests for the first time to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray. “If you fail to…

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