At least one of the numerous vexing claims Democrats have leveled against former President Donald Trump since he left office in 2020 has been dismissed.
The Department of Justice concluded in a report that Trump did not improperly influence the FBI’s decision to keep its headquarters in Washington, D.C. rather than moving it to Virginia or Maryland after a four-year investigation.
The FBI has been exploring relocating its headquarters from the historic J. Edgar Hoover Building in the heart of the nation’s capital since at least 2014.
Originally, the government intended to transfer ownership of the building to a developer, who would then erect a new office complex at a predetermined location.
The transaction was categorized as “exchange procurement.”
However, the scheme hit a snag. The General Services Administration finally concluded that the Washington, DC, property would not cover the cost of constructing a new structure, leaving the federal government to foot the bill. That meant there would be no true “exchange” to speak of.
Based on this verdict, the FBI has been working on a new plan. They planned to demolish the Hoover building and construct a new one on the same piece of ground.
Here’s when Democratic Party conspiracy theories started making noise.
After a meeting in January 2018 between the General Services Administration (GSA), the FBI, and the Trump White House, Democrats began to accuse Trump of interfering with the FBI’s plans to relocate to a suburban facility.
“He was directly involved with the decision to abandon the long-term relocation plan and instead move ahead [with the alternate plan],” the conspiracy theorists complained in an October 2018 letter to the GSA.
Democrats argued that Trump meddled for financial gain, on top of their belief that he had been “improperly” involved in conversations on the FBI’s decision.
“He should not have played any role in a determination that bears directly on his own financial interests with the Trump Hotel,” they wrote.
The Oversight and Review Division of the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General conducted an investigation; what did they find?
No, zilch, nada, nothing.
The division reported its findings in October, and they concluded that the Democrats’ outrageous accusations were unfounded.
“Specifically, we found no evidence that, in making the decision to seek to have the new FBI headquarters remain at its current JEH site, Director [Christopher] Wray or others at the FBI considered the location of the then-named Trump International Hotel or how then-President Trump’s financial interests could be impacted by the decision,” the report reads.
For his part, Wray said he didn’t think there was any pressure coming down from the White House on the matter.
“I did not feel pressured. I did not feel bullied,” Wray told the investigators. He added that Trump wasn’t really involved in the plans at all, and the decisions were not “driven by or based on … anything the President said or wanted.”
“There was no pressure to go in a particular direction. There was no requirement to stay in the current location. The Director concluded that the President had a topic that was in his element, he knows building. He was excited and engaged about the topic,” the report notes.
“There was nothing inappropriate or improper. The President said go forth and make plans,” the report concluded.
Just another way the Democrats are using the whole weight of the federal government to try to break Trump psychologically, emotionally, and financially. The Democratic Party wants him destroyed, not just prevented from ever running for government again.
Believe it or not, they want the same thing for all of his associates, followers, and “MAGA” voters.