November 18, 2019

Chair DeFazio Statement on GSA’s Failure to Meet Deadline to Fully Comply with Subpoena for Records Related to Trump’s DC Hotel

Washington, DC — Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after the General Services Administration (GSA) failed to fully comply with a subpoena regarding the federal lease with the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C.:

“It’s highly disappointing, and frankly quite outrageous, that the Congressional committee tasked with conducting oversight of GSA would even have to issue a subpoena for records related to a taxpayer-owned building. The American people have a right to know whether the President of the United States, who is serving as both the landlord and tenant of the Old Post Office Building, is violating the Emoluments Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. While we have reached a partial accommodation with GSA on access to some of the documents, under the advice of House Counsel, my Committee continues to engage with GSA with the goal of getting ALL of the information the Committee has requested.”

Chair DeFazio’s subpoena covers all documents included in a January 22, 2019 request, and includes key legal memos and financial records. A comprehensive timeline of the Committee’s investigation into this lease can be found here.