Republican Committee Leaders Raise Questions about GSA IG Report on Old Post Office Building

Published: Feb 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Jim Jordan, Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee; Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; Rep. Sam Graves, Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; and Rep. Mark Meadows, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations and the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, sent a letter to General Services Administration (GSA) Inspector General Carol Ochoa requesting additional information and documents related to her office’s report on the GSA’s management and administration of the Old Post Office Building Lease.

Excerpt from the letter:

“The GSA OIG report cited no evidence of improper interference in GSA’s decision-making process concerning the Old Post Office Building. GSA OIG noted in the report that the objective was not to make a determination of any violation of the Constitution or the lease with Trump Old Post Office LLC, but “rather, [GSA OIG] sought to determine whether there were any improprieties in GSA’s decision-making process regarding these issues.” However, the report includes a seven-page legal analysis of the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, without accounting for relevant positions taken by the Department of Justice in ongoing litigation.”

Full text of the letter can be found here.