Maryland officials have worked diligently to secure funding for a proposed headquarters, which they hope will be constructed in Prince George’s County. Two prime sites in Prince George’s County have been chosen for the new home of the FBI headquarters, along with a site in Northern Virginia.
Among the three finalists to build the headquarters is a company with connections to President Donald Trump. Representative Gerry Connolly (D) of Northern Virginia is questioning the ethics of such connections.
Vornado Realty Trust, a New York-based firm, owns buildings with both Trump and his son in law, Jared Kushner.
In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, Connolly said, “It’s a prima facie case of a conflict of interest.
“Both the Trump organization and the Kushner organization have ongoing, long-term business ties… that would put, in my view, a serious taint on the award of a contract [for] the juiciest real estate development opportunity in recent memory here in Washington.”
While Trump has not spoken openly about the $2 billion project, he previously included funding for the project in his budget proposal. In March, the General Services Administrations announced the move would be delayed until Congress set aside more money for the project.
Steven Roth who operates Vornado has been advising President Trump on his agendas to update infrastructure. He is also co-owner of several Trump Organization buildings in San Francisco and New York.