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Documents Show Trump’s Interest in FBI Building Near His Hotel

  • Democrats say he didn’t want it sold to competing developer
  • White House says president wanted to save the government money
The J. Edgar Hoover Federal Bureau of Investigation building in Washington, D.C.

The J. Edgar Hoover Federal Bureau of Investigation building in Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Donald Trump appears to have been personally involved in discussions on a new headquarters building for the FBI after his administration scrapped plans to sell the existing site in downtown Washington to private developers, according to newly released federal records.

Internal government emails made public Thursday show federal officials discussed in January plans to “execute POTUS’s orders" and accomplish “what POTUS directed everyone to do,” using Washington shorthand for the President of the United States. In two other emails, officials wrote that they were going to adhere to “the president’s instructions” and “deliver the project the president wants on the timetable he wants it done.”