On December 14, 2016, four members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent a letter to GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth. In the letter, the members requested that the GSA provide them with the following documents related to the Old Post Office building in Washington, D.C. and the Trump Organization’s lease on the property:
- A list of any currently available, unleased space within the hotel;
- A copy of the fifth amendment to the lease;
- A copy of Exhibit G to the lease, which lists the ownership of the leasing corporate entity;
- All monthly expense and profit projections;
- Any legal memos regarding potential conflict of interest of Donald J. Trump having an ownership interest in the hotel and serving as President;
- The monthly report submitted to GSA by the Trump Organization in November 2016 describing revenues and expenses for September 2016 as well as the report submitted in December 2016 describing revenues and expenses for October 2016;
- A summary or analysis of the bankruptcy of the previous tenant leasing the Old Post Office.
CREW requests copies of all documents provided to the members in response to their letter, including but not limited to the listed documents.
The requested records would shed light on how GSA and the Trump Organization plan to address the conflict between the lease and President-elect Trump’s change in status to an “elected official of the Government of the United States.” The records would also increase public knowledge of how members of Congress, in their oversight capacity, are responding to the conflicts inherent in the lease.