Trump’s company charged Secret Service hotel rates “exorbitant” to protect the first family, a House committee report says.



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The Trump Organization charged the Secret Service “exorbitant fees” — more than $1.4 million over four years — to protect the former president and his family at properties they owned, according to documents released Monday by the House Oversight Committee.

The committee found that the Trump Organization charged the Secret Service “excessive nightly rates on dozens of trips” of more than $1,185 a night, despite the former president’s company saying that federal employees traveling with him would stay at those properties “for free” or “for free.” in the cost”.

“The exorbitant fees charged to the Secret Service and agents for frequent stays at Trump-owned properties raise serious concerns about the former president’s self-dealing and may have affected taxpayer-funded revenue for former President Trump’s struggling businesses,” the panel’s chairman said. , Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York wrote in a letter to the service director on Monday.

During his time as president, Trump traveled frequently to the properties his company managed as a business, including Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, and the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. While there, some agents and agents stayed in rooms at these properties, although others rented rooms at nearby hotels.

Charging his protective detail for lodging at his property was a controversial practice when Trump was in office and has continued into his post-presidency.

Maloney also says his committee has been seeking a full accounting of Secret Service spending at Trump-owned properties for more than two years, but has yet to receive full information on overnight rates or the total amount spent by the agency, which “seems to be overwhelming.” 1.4 million dollars of taxpayer money”.

The committee is still seeking Secret Service records, and noted that the panel is considering potential legislation to “prevent presidential self-dealing and profiteering, as well as reduce conflicts of interest by ensuring future presidents do not have undue influence over Secret Service spending.”

Representatives for the Trump Organization could not immediately be reached for comment.

CNN has also reached out to the Secret Service for comment.

The commission said the Trump Organization charged the Secret Service at least 40 times the government rate between January 2017 and September 2021.

One of those times was in March 2017 when the Trump Organization charged a nightly rate of $1,160 to stay at the Trump Hotel in Washington to sponsor Eric Trump, who was promoting a golf tournament at the Trump National Golf Club. According to the General Services Administration website, the daily rate was $242 in March 2017 in Washington, DC.