New York Attorney General Letitia James subpoenaed records from the D.C. Trump Hotel as part of the next steps in the financial investigation into the Trump Organization.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that AG James is requesting information about how the General Services Administration (GSA) chose Trump to lead the old Post Office project when he began developing it.
AG James had made a previous request for documents focusing largely on the relationship between Trump and the hotel while he was in office. The new move comes amid Trump’s effort to sell the property and pocket $100 million in profits. As part of her investigation, AG James is looking into whether Trump falsely inflated property values when selling properties, but minimized their value when it came time to fill out his tax forms.
The epic Tish James.
We. Want. More.
— Marla W (@marla_vous) February 1, 2022
According to the Washington Post, the documents James sought included a “scorecard” GSA used to rank Trump’s bid against those of other developers who proposed leasing and redeveloping the federally owned Old Post Office Pavilion downtown. That information could fit into James’s wider case and show a pattern of Trump giving false information to business partners, banks, and insurers to secure loans and other deals.
After ranting about the prosecutors investigating him, Trump calls the prosecutors racist and says if they do anything illegal, he hopes there are massive protests in DC, New York, and Atlanta pic.twitter.com/RnY6F5OJNv
— Acyn (@Acyn) January 30, 2022
The House Oversight Committee reported concerns last year that Trump lied to the GSA to score the deal. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) said in a letter to the GSA’s administrator that Trump “concealed hundreds of millions of dollars in debts from GSA when bidding on the Old Post Office Building lease,” said the Post. Rep. Connolly also called for an investigation.
"The Post's tag line is 'democracy dies in darkness.' No, it doesn't. If there's one thing Trump continues to demonstrate…it's that democracy dies in plain sight. And with the assistance of really crappy headlines."See Also
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) February 1, 2022
James has already subpoenaed Ivanka Trump, who led the project for a time. She was also the one who submitted the proposal and said in the filing that “presentation and the associated bid explicitly incorporated the Statement of Financial Condition of Donald J. Trump.”
Ivanka Trump was working as a Senior Advisor to the President of the United States.
📮February 21, 2017
🇺🇸Ivanka was working on behalf of the USA, not Trump Org., or her “dad.”
🛑IVANKA TRUMP WAS USING A PRIVATE EMAIL.
🤥Yet Ivanka claims she didn’t have a private email?
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— Stephanie Winston Wolkoff (@SWinstonWolkoff) January 25, 2022
Read the full report at the Washington Post.