Ethics

The GSA Says Trump Will Be in Violation of his DC Hotel Lease

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We all saw this coming as there's been deep reporting on the subject for months, but today it became a little more official as the General Services Administration plainly stated that despot-elect Donald Trump will be in violation of his lease and must divest from his D.C. hotel immediately.

In response to a letter from House Democrats, Michael Gelber, the deputy commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service, said that Trump will be in breach of his lease as soon as he is sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017. The hotel lease specifically states that “no … elected official of the Government of the United States … shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom.”

Trump has stated that he intends to transfer ownership to his children, but that apparently won't be good enough.

So what happens if Trump and his family do not fully divest from the government-owned Old Post Office?

My understanding is that the General Services Administration will have no choice but to terminate the lease. In that event, Trump's children could possibly attempt to sue the federal government for damages, a government that their father will be in charge of.

Federal taxpayers are going to be taken for a ride in any case.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Trump’s children could possibly attempt to sue the federal government for damages

    Good luck with that.

    You can’t breech a contract and then sue the non-breech party for damages.

    Well, I a mean, you can sue… but it’s not going to go well for you.

    (all that said, I’m positive there’s a portion of the contract specifying when and how a breech may result in termination and how that termination is to proceed. Without knowing the text, I would be hesitant to opine on how this is going to progress).

    • Groundloop

      “Without knowing the text, I would be hesitant to opine on how this is going to progress.”

      With an attitude like that you’ll never get a gig hosting a Faux News show.

    • ninjaf

      Hey, but I thought you said you play a lawyer on TV? Doesn’t matter that you had a disclaimer after that saying otherwise. I read it. In black and white pixels. So, it must be true.

  • muselet

    Welcome to the newest banana republic on the planet, run by a particularly tinny tinpot dictator and his house-of-horrors family.

    Enjoy your stay.

    –alopecia

    • Scopedog

      But emails! Hillary would’ve been way worse, because she’s the status-quo!–far Left idiot who voted for Stein.