The New FBI Headquarters Is A National Security Priority. The President’s Hotel Doesn’t Change That.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) released the following statement on a letter and internal government documents released by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-07) and fellow Democrats that revealed how involved President Trump was in changing the plans for a new FBI headquarters and preventing competing commercial development across from the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
“New documents revealed today by my Democratic colleagues confirm what many in the media have reported and what many lawmakers have long suspected: that the President was intimately involved in, and single-handedly altered the FBI’s original plans to build a new consolidated headquarters in Maryland or Virginia. The President and his administration have employed faulty and misleading reasoning to keep the FBI in its current location, and have displayed an alarming lack of transparency and accountability with Congress. These new documents solidify my original suspicion that President Trump is politicizing this critical national security project to disrupt the men and women of the FBI - an agency he has long attacked - and protect his bottom line.
“The GSA and the FBI must return to their original plan to build a fully consolidated FBI headquarters at one of the sites selected in the initial procurement. The President cannot and should not interfere in national security decisions to protect his family’s profits.”