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Ethics Issue ‘Nonsense,’ Said Official Who Cleared Trump Hotel

  • Email to Trump Organization sent days after November election
  • Months later, officer found hotel lease ‘in full compliance’
Donald Trump speaks during the opening ceremony of the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Oct. 26, 2016.

Donald Trump speaks during the opening ceremony of the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Oct. 26, 2016.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Shortly after Donald Trump won the presidential election, the U.S. official who oversees the lease of his signature Washington hotel offered Trump’s company an assessment of a report about its potential conflict of interest: “Nonsense.”

Four months later, the same official cleared Trump’s company to keep its lease for the Trump International Hotel Washington DC. throughout the president’s time in office -- a decision that may have saved Trump millions of dollars, based on a statement his lawyers made in a court filing in May.