Letter to the Editor

Trump protecting his D.C. hotel

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

In 2008 the FBI and the General Services Administration determined that the J. Edger Hoover Building, home of the FBI, needed to be replaced because of lack of space, security and building general conditions. A cost study by the GSA showed that it would be more secure and less costly to relocate to a suburban location than to repair or rebuild on the present location which happens to be just across the street from the luxury Trump Hotel. It was planned to be located either in Maryland or Virginia.

As action was about to proceed, it became known that a competitive chain of hotels was looking to build a luxury hotel at the vacated site of the former FBI building. On Jan. 24, 2018, President Donald Trump met with GSA chief Emily Murphy and other White House staff and the meeting ended with Trump demanding that the decision be changed and the more expensive option of tearing down the old building and rebuilding on that site be taken. This would make it unavailable for the competitorís hotel.

In spite of the number of already existing Trump investigations, Democrats in congress are now planning another investigation of the president for Illegal use of power to protect his own investments. When will it end?

ó Robert Sneitzer, Spirit Lake