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Rep. Quigley: GSA leader misled lawmakers in FBI headquarter testimony

The House Appropriations Committee is continuing its investigation into the Trump administration’s decision to end efforts to move the FBI headquarters out of Washington, D.C., and into to the suburbs.

“Why would a nearly 10 year project agreed upon by both GSA and the FBI be abandoned for a significantly more expensive proposal that compromises the safety and security of FBI personnel?” Rep. Quigley (D-Ill.) asked during the March 13 House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government hearing, chaired by Rep. Quigley.

Last October, a group of House Democrats claimed that President Trump halted plans to move the FBI headquarters —which is located across the street from Trump International Hotel — because of his own personal business interests.

The lawmakers allege that before he was elected, Trump had publicly supported relocating the building to a D.C. suburb, so that he then could purchase the land and redevelop it, but since he is now ineligible as a federal employee to obtain the property, another private developer could purchase the land instead of the president—and possibly be a direct competitor with his property.

At the March 13 hearing, Quigely raised issue with findings from the General Services Administration Inspector General regarding President Trump’s role in the FBI’s headquarters relocation plans and the resulting costly “raze and rebuild” at its existing location plan.

“This reversal caused many to question, and rightfully so, whether the President wanted to protect his financial interest in the Trump Hotel, particularly if another private developer could obtain the property and compete directly with the Trump Hotel,” he added.

They requested an investigation that includes the examining of nearly 2,500 documents and  questioning of U.S. General Services Administration Administrator Emily Murphy.

Quigley claims Murphy’s sworn testimony answers to the subcommittee have been “incomplete” and “misleading.”

He also raised issue with the claim by Murphy in previous testimony said that she did not discuss the FBI headquarter plans with the president, but points to an official White House photo showing Murphy, Trump, and others discussing the proposal in the Oval Office on January 24, 2018.

She declined to answer questions that focused on pre-deliberative decisions or conversations, but denied that she was aware of any preferences Trump had about the building location.

Read his full testimony here. View the hearing here.

Reader comments

Thu, May 9, 2019 mm

That goes right along with their desire to move Ag economists out of Washington to save money. No wait. Stopping the move of the FBI is the exact opposite. Those two moves don't seem coherent.

Tue, Mar 19, 2019 Justin

People who hide behind anonymity to disparage half of the country are the real embarrassment.

Thu, Mar 14, 2019 In the GSA Know

Step back trolls. The "S" in GSA stands for "Services". GSA does not initiate procurement requests; these are generated by the agency. GSA's role is to fulfill their requirements in accordance with the law. Congress dragged its feet over 10 years to fund. MD reps advocated the move; VA reps lawyer-ed up on the sidelines like vultures; and DC reps with baited breath were thrilled at the prospect of a non-federal occupant that would pay taxes to DC coffers.

Thu, Mar 14, 2019 Charles Morris California

Given President Trump's animosity towards the men and women of the FBI, this action seems totally characteristics of the President. I would expect nothing less.

Thu, Mar 14, 2019 LeftofYou Alabama

One more lying weasel in the Trump Crime Cartel!

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