House Democrats on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, filed a lawsuit against the General Services Administration over access to Donald Trump’s DC hotel documents.
The complaint, which was signed by 17 Democrats, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, over the GSA’s failure to comply with the “seven-member” statue. The statue mandates federal agencies must produce documents requested by any seven members of the House Oversight Committee.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member on the committee, said in a press release that “this hotel is not just a building with Donald Trump’s name on it.” “It is a glaring symbol of the Trump Administration’s lack of accountability and a daily reminder of the refusal by Republicans in Congress to do their job. This may be standard operating procedure in foreign countries—but not here. Not in America.”
“Under the previous administration, this exact same agency—GSA—explicitly recognized our authority under this exact same statute—the Seven Member statute—and produced documents on this exact same issue—the Trump Hotel,” Cummings said. “But all that stopped on January 20,” said Cummings. “There is one thing, and one thing only, that has changed in this case—President Trump is now sitting in the Oval Office.”
“This is about the President defying a federal statute and denying our ability as Members of Congress to fulfill our constitutional duty to act as a check on the Executive Branch,” Cummings said.
Click here to read the complaint filed today.