- Feb 20, 2010
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Many years before becoming President, Donald Trump expressed interest in the FBI headquarters moving out of Washington, D.C. so he could acquire the land on Pennsylvania Avenue and redevelop the property. However, after he was sworn in as President—and became ineligible as a federal employee to obtain the property—he reportedly became “dead opposed” to the government selling the property to potential competitors.
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/how-trump-taking-fbi-possibly-violating-emoluments-clause-process-ncna925076“Even more troubling is that you concealed this information from Congress,” the Ranking Members wrote to Murphy. “During sworn testimony, you were asked directly and repeatedly whether you had any communications with President Trump or other White House officials about this project. In response, you withheld information about this and other meetings—omissions the Inspector General warned may have left a ‘misleading’ impression that you ‘had no discussions with White House officials in the decision-making process about the project’.”
Based on the latest projections, the Trump Administration’s new proposal to rebuild the existing Pennsylvania Avenue facility could cost hundreds of millions of dollars more than the long-term relocation plan, but it would accommodate 2,306 fewer employees.
This would be a huge scandal with many days of breathless coverage on multiple cable news networks if this were literally any other President, Republican or Democrat. The fact that it's not a big story is thoroughly emblematic of this Presidency.