Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) are urging the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate President-elect Donald Trump’s transition efforts for potential “conflicts of interest,” and breaches of security and diplomatic protocol.
In a letter to GAO Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro, the two wrote “We are concerned about reports of ‘disarray’ within a ‘chaotic’ transition, and ask that you address several concerns.”
“[They include] conflicts of interest related to business holdings of Mr. Trump and his family; potential violations of protocol and security precautions related to Mr. Trump’s communications with foreign leaders; and transparency related to the use of taxpayer funds in the transition. Because the transition will last only until January 20, 2017, we ask that you begin this review as quickly as possible.”
Cummings and Warren said Trump’s actions both before and after winning the presidency raise concerns about what the transition process will cost taxpayers, and if these funds were used “efficiently and effectively”
“All Americans share an interest in a smooth presidential transition, and federal laws authorize the use of taxpayer funds for that purpose,” they said.
“But Mr. Trump’s apparent conflicts of interest — and his behavior during the campaign and after his election — raise questions about the use of taxpayer funds during the transition, and about the decisions made during the transition that will affect federal government policies under the Trump administration.”
Cummings and Warren also asked the GAO to “provide any recommendations necessary to ensure that future presidential transitions are not marred by conflicts of interest or other problems.”
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