Investigation into Trump’s transition team underway


In response to questions raised by Democratic legislators, a review of President Trump’s transition team by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is currently underway.

In a letter written to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, the GAO stated that it would “examine the 2017 presidential transition on the basis of your letter to the comptroller general.”

“We plan to complete our work and send a draft product to the agencies for comment in June 2017,” the GAO noted in the letter released on Tuesday.

Late in 2016, Warren and Cummings sent a letter to the comptroller general requesting a “review of President-Elect Trump’s taxpayer-funded transition” to address possible financial conflicts of interests, the Trump team’s adherence to rules when communicating with foreign leaders, and taxpayer funds utilized during the transition.

In their November 2016 letter, the two legislators claimed to support funding transition operations but expressed concern about Trump’s team.

“We have significant questions about the extent to which Mr. Trump’s conflicts of interest and other problems are affecting his transition and compromising the use of taxpayer funds,” the letter noted.

According to the GAO’s letter, their representatives met with the staffs of Warren and Cummings in late February.

The GAO’s review will apply to adherence to laws associated with the presidential transition, the spending of the General Services Administration’s transition funds, and the collection of private financing.

Additionally, the GAO will examine what financial disclosure and ethics information were made available by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) and what “information and services” regarding communicating with other governments were given to the Trump transition team.

Paired with other Democratic legislators, Warren has previously requested several investigations into the Trump campaign and White House, such as querying the OGE about Ivanka Trump’s role in the administration and the cost of the president’s security at Mar-a-Lago.

H/T: The Hill

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