Trump involved in the decision to keep the FBI headquarters in Washington, a watchdog finds

The FBI headquarters in Washington, DC


McLEAN, Va. President Donald Trump was directly involved in the meetings, where officials decided to move forward with a controversial plan to build a new FBI headquarters in the nation’s capital, according to a government report issued on Monday.

The report of the General Services Administration inspector General cited two White house meetings in January and June of this year, Trump took.

In the first of these meetings, the agreed participants, in order to move forward on a proposal for the demolition of the existing J. Edgar Hoover building in downtown Washington, and the construction of a new headquarters in the same place.

While largely in agreement that the Hoover building is crumbling, sprawling piece of Brutalist architecture, built in 1974 — do not meet the FBI’s needs to keep the plan, the FBI in Washington, the scraps move the long-cherished plan, the FBI, the Maryland or Virginia suburbs.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Northern Virginia Democrat, supported the move of the FBI to the suburbs, called to discover more hearings in Congress, the extent of the trump commitment. He said the project is full of conflicts of interest for Trump, whose Trump International Hotel is essentially across the street from the FBI headquarters.

“When we started this study, the view began that the President was Trump personally to the government-led redevelopment of a property is said to be in the immediate vicinity of the Trump Hotel, was dismissed as a conspiracy theory,” Connolly.

The extent of Trump’s involvement in the decision-making is unclear. The report shows that, while the GSA staff confirmed the White house meeting with Trump, they received instructions price claims that Trump has in these meetings.

The Trump International Hotel in Washington DC

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The first session, in which trump was documented participation, according to the IG report came out in January of 2018. That was before the GSA proposed a plan should the Hoover building and build a new headquarters in its place, but after the GSA announced that, in 2017, it is scrapping his plans to move to the outskirts of town.

The IG report also concluded that the officials greatly underestimated the cost for maintaining the headquarters in Washington. In particular, the report comes to the conclusion that the GSA is taking into account the money that could be realized through the sale of land under the Hoover building to private developers.

The GSA issued a statement to say in response to the IG report, the estimates “are accurate, transparent, and representative for the entire cost of the project, as the analysis in the IG.”

There is also the question of whether the GSA Administrator Emily Murphy was soon in the Trump role, when you testified about the relocation of the decision to the Congress.

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If Murphy Elevator was asked whether the White house or the trump card was specifically in the decision, the suburbs and the reconstruction in Washington, Murphy said it was the FBI that decided it wanted to stay in Washington. She didn’t want to give prize, the White house was trying to answer the question, as they understood it, and said the inspector General.

The IG’s report comes to the conclusion that Murphy’s testimony to a house Committee, “incomplete and have left the misleading impression that she had no discussions with the President or senior White house officials in the decision-making process about the project.”

The GSA, in its response to the report, says that The IG review confirmed one indisputable fact: the Administrator congressional testimony truly was.”

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