Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s businesses tried to hide millions of dollars in payments from foreign governments that flowed through his unprofitable hotel in downtown Washington, a U.S. congressional committee said on Friday.
The House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform said hotel records raise “troubling” questions about the Trump International Hotel, which is in a historic building the Trump Organization leases from the federal government.
The hotel served as a popular gathering spot for Trump’s supporters, foreign dignitaries, and his fellow Republicans during his time in office.
According to the Democratic-controlled committee, Trump reported that the hotel earned him more than $150 million during his time in office, but actually lost more than $70 million.
The committee found that the hotel received over $3.7 million in payments from foreign governments — roughly equal to more than 7,400 nights at the hotel, posing a potential conflict of interest.
Provisions in the U.S. Constitution prohibit the president from obtaining payments, or “emoluments,” from foreign governments.
The hotel gave a portion of that money to the U.S. government but failed to provide details of those payments to the General Services Administration (GSA), the agency that manages federal properties, the Democratic-controlled committee said.
Trump’s lawyers have argued in court cases that his ownership of the hotel did not violate these constitutional provisions.
A Trump Organization spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The GSA, likewise, did not immediately respond.