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Agency: Trump Must Fully Divest From DC Hotel

Trump said he will announce in January how he will handle his business interests



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    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (C) and his family (L-R) son Donald Trump Jr, son Eric Trummp, wife Melania Trump and daughters Tiffany Trump and Ivanka Trump cut the ribbon at the new Trump International Hotel October 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. The hotel, built inside the historic Old Post Office, has 263 luxry rooms, including the 6,300-square-foot 'Trump Townhouse' at $100,000 a night, with a five-night minimum. The Trump Organization was granted a 60-year lease to the historic building by the federal government before the billionaire New York real estate mogul announced his intent to run for president.

    House Democrats on Wednesday said the General Services Administration told them President-elect Donald Trump must fully divest from his new hotel property in Washington, D.C., or he'll be in violation of the lease, NBC News reported. 

    Four Democrats of the key committees and subcommittees that oversee government contracts, including Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, recounted a briefing the members received from GSA Deputy Commissioner of the Public Building Service Michael Gelber, who is not a political appointee.

    Gelber said that when Trump is sworn in, he will be in violation of the provisions of a federal lease of the Old Post Office building.

    A spokesperson from the GSA didn't deny the Democrats' accounting, but in a statement pushed back against the notion that opinion was endorsed by the agency, saying that it's too early to make such a determination.

    Trump said he will announce in January - rescheduled from a news conference initially set for Thursday - how he will handle his business interests.