Democrats call on US government to consider canceling Trump hotel lease

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during his first post-presidency campaign rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, U.S., June 26, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton//File Photo

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WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – A congressional committee on Thursday called on the U.S. government to cancel former President Donald Trump’s lease on a historic Washington property, saying recent courtroom developments have thrown doubt about the accuracy of his company’s financial statements.

The Democratic-controlled House Oversight and Reform Committee said it believes the Trump Organization may have misled the federal government when it asked to transform the old building from the post office to a luxury hotel.

The hotel became a gathering point for Trump supporters and some foreign government officials during his presidency and a sticking point for critics who said he violated ethics laws.

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Trump’s company struck a deal last year to sell the money-losing hotel for $375 million, according to media reports.

Democrats on the committee have asked the US General Services Administration, the federal property manager, to consider canceling the lease before the sale is complete.

“No one should be rewarded for providing false or misleading information to the federal government or for seeking to take advantage of the presidency,” the panel’s two top Democrats, U.S. Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Gerald Connolly, wrote to the GSA.

The GSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Reporting by Andy Sullivan; edited by Jonathan Oatis

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