Professor Eyes Potential Presidential Conflicts of Interest

Steven Schooner is leading a national conversation about Donald Trump's potential conflicts of interest as president.

Steven Schooner
November 30, 2016

Professor Steven L. Schooner, the Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law and government procurement expert, is leading a national conversation about Donald Trump's potential conflicts of interest as president. In addition to his opinion pieces, co-authored with former colleague, Daniel I. Gordon (formerly Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law at GW Law), which were published days after the election, Professor Schooner has been cited as an expert among top news outlets and participated in a panel discussion on the Trump administration and the law.

Read, watch, and listen to learn more about the work of Professor Schooner.
Government Executive

"Exploiting Public Office for Private Gain"

Government Executive
January 29, 2017

Trump Hotel

"GSA's Trump Hotel Lease Debacle"

Government Executive
November 28, 2016

Described by The Atlantic as "a somewhat dense, technical look at contract law ...  a clear look at a complicated and consequential legal question the president-elect could face"

Trump Hotel

"Trump Leases D.C. Hotel From Government Agency He'll Soon Be In Charge Of"

The Washington Post
November 15, 2016

A brief summary of the problems posed by the hotel lease.

Influencing the Debate

In addition to appearing in the media, the work of Steven Schooner and Daniel Gordon has been cited in several letters from members of Congress and public interest groups who are now probing into this issue.

January 23 - Letter from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tom Carper to GSA Administrator (This letter is for informational purposes only.)

January 22 - Letter from House Oversight Committee Members to Acting GSA Administrator (This letter is for informational purposes only.) 

January 20 - Letter from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington to GSA Administrator

December 14 - Letter from House Oversight Committee Members to GSA Administrator

December 1 - Letter from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tom Carper to GSA Administrator

November 30 - Letter from House Chairmen of Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Government Operations, and Subcommittee on Economic Developments, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management

November 28 - Letter from House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on President-Elect's Conflicts of Interest

Additional Analysis

"Feds Approve Deal to Insulate Trump from Post Office Hotel"
Politico
March 23, 2017

"GSA: Trump Hotel Lease Is Fine Despite Our Own Contract"
The Daily Beast
March 23, 2017

"GSA Says Trump Hotel In Compliance With Lease"
WAMU 88.5
March 23, 2017

"Feds: Trump DC Hotel Not in Violation of Government Lease"
ABC News
March 23, 2017

"Government Lets Trump Off The Hook For His Washington Hotel Conflict Of Interest"
The Huffington Post
March 23, 2017

"Government Official Who Negotiated Trump Hotel Deal Says Deal Is Fine"
Mother Jones
March 23, 2017

"GSA Says Trump D.C. Hotel Lease Is Valid, Despite Ban On Elected Officials "
NPR
March 23, 2017

"GSA Rules Trump’s DC Hotel Lease Is In 'Full Compliance' "
NBC News
March 23, 2017

"Trump Hotel in Washington Does Not Violate Lease, U.S. Says "
The New York Times
March 23, 2017

"Why Lockheed Could Protest In The Future After Trump's F-35, Boeing Call"
Investor's Business Daily
February 17, 2017

"Why Hasn't the Government Gone After Trump for His $180 Million Breach of Contract?"
Rolling Stone
February 15, 2017

"The Worst Job in Washington? Counsel to President Trump."
The Hill
February 15, 2017

"Never Has It Been Easier to Get Secret Cash to a President"
Mother Jones
February 9, 2017

"What We Know, and Don't, About Trump's Trust"
CNN
February 8, 2017

"Controversy Continues Over President Trump's Stake In His Properties"
NPR
February 8, 2017

"Ethics Experts Find Holes In Trump's Firewall Against Conflicts"
NPR
February 8, 2017

"Trump Signs Washington Hotel Over to His Son"
Government Executive
February 7, 2017

"President Trump Still in Position to Cash in on Businesses"
CBS News
February 7, 2017

"GSA’s Next Move on Trump Lease Could Spark Court Battle"
Bloomberg BNA
February 3, 2017

"Exploiting Public Office for Private Gain"
Government Executive
January 29, 2017

"Trump's D.C. Hotel Was Losing Money Before He Won The Election"
The Huffington Post
January 23, 2017

"Democrats To GSA: Trump Is Now In Violation Of His DC Hotel Lease"
Talking Points Memo
January 23, 2017

"D.C. Hotel, Global Business Ties Complicate Start of Trump's Presidency"
CBS News
January 20, 2017

"The GSA Canceled a Planned Statement About Trump's Hotel-Lease Issue"
New York Magazine
January 20, 2017

"Trump’s Washington Hotel Is Hub of Inaugural Action — and Potential Conflicts"
The Washington Post
January 19, 2017

"At Trump Hotel in Washington, Champagne Toasts in an Ethical 'Minefield'"
The New York Times
January 19, 2017

"Trump's Washington Hotel Draws Protesters — And Ethics Concerns"
NPR
January 19, 2017

"Trump's Business Plan Puts Government Credibility at Risk"
The Hill
January 17, 2017

"Trump’s Washington Hotel Could Trigger Early Test of Conflicts"
Financial Times
January 17, 2017

"Trump Is Set To Violate His D.C. Hotel Lease And The Agency Holding It Has No Plan"
The Huffington Post
January 14, 2017

"Trump Plan to Donate Hotel Profits Doesn't Erase Ethics Concerns: Experts"
ABC News
January 12, 2017

"How Donald Trump May Violate the Constitution the Second He's Sworn In"
ABC News
January 12, 2017

"Questions Over Trump's Plan to Avoid Conflicts of Interest"
CBS News
January 12, 2017

"Trump D.C. Hotel Contractors Say They're Owed Millions"
NPR
January 11, 2017

"Trump's $440 Billion Weapon"
Politico
December 22, 2016

"How will Trump Deal with D.C. Hotel Conflict?"
CBS News
December 14, 2016

"Are Feds Ready to Seize Trump’s Hotel? Maybe?"
The Daily Beast
December 14, 2016

"Democrats Say Donald Trump Is In Danger of Violating His D.C. Hotel Lease"
Time
December 14, 2016

"Lawmakers: GSA Found Trump Will Breach His Hotel Lease, Absent Divestment"
Government Executive
December 14, 2016

"Donald Trump Will Be In Violation Of The Lease On His D.C. Hotel The Day He Takes Office"
The Huffington Post
December 14, 2016

"Federal Agency Warns Trump He Must Give Up DC Hotel Before Inauguration"
Talking Points Memo
December 14, 2016

"Democrats: Trump Must Divest From His Hotel or Breach His Lease"
The Atlantic
December 14, 2016

"Dem. Lawmakers: GSA Says Trump Must Give Up D.C. Hotel Stake"
Politico
December 14, 2016

"Peter Thiel Must Tread Carefully Between Trump and His Super-Secret Start-Up, Experts Say"
CNBC
December 6, 2016

"Inside the Potential Conflict of Interest Surrounding Trump's D.C. Hotel"
ABC News
December 5, 2016

"Donald Trump and Federal Procurement: Who Woulda Thunk It?"
FCW
December 5, 2016

"Five Ways Trump Could Address His Business Conflicts"
The Hill
December 4, 2016

"Donald Trump May Keep His D.C. Hotel Despite Alleged Conflicts of Interest"
The Blaze
December 4, 2016

"Trump Could Keep D.C. Hotel Despite Conflict of Interest"
Politico
December 3, 2016

"Ethics Experts Explain Just How Trump Can Address Huge Conflicts of Interest"
Talking Points Memo
December 2, 2016

"Inside the Potential Conflict Posed by Trump's D.C. Hotel"
ABC News
December 2, 2016

"How Trump Could Violate His Own Hotel Lease"
December 1, 2016
CNN Money

"The Government's Landlord Needs to Explain How It Will Resolve Trump's Hotel Lease"
December 1, 2016
Government Executive

"How Will Trump Address Conflicts of Interest?"
December 1, 2016
CNN "New Day"

"Democrats Press Obama Administration Over Conflicts at Trump's D.C. Hotel"
December 1, 2016
The Washington Post

"Trump's Loans From Troubled German Bank Pose Conflict Of Interest"
December 1, 2016
NPR

"It's Happening: Donald Trump Already Got a Post-Election Business Break"
December 1, 2016
Vanity Fair

"Donald Trump: A List of Potential Conflicts of Interest"
BBC News
December 1, 2016

"Trump Might Need To Concede D.C. Hotel Before Inauguration Day"
December 1, 2016
Travel Weekly

"The Array of Conflicts of Interest Facing the Trump Presidency"
The New York Times
December 1, 2016

"Lawyers: Trump Has To Sell D.C. Hotel Before Taking Office"
Associated Press
December 1, 2016

"Trump Won the Presidency, Then Approval on a Tax Subsidy for His Hotel"
New York Magazine
November 30, 2016

"Trump Announces He Will Leave Business 'In Total' - Leaving Open How He Will Avoid Conflicts of Interest"
The Washington Post
November 30, 2016

"Government Ethics Office Applauds Trump's Business Announcement, Ignores Potential Conflicts"
NBC News
November 30, 2016

"House Dems: Trump's Post Office Lease Presents 'Egregious Conflict of Interest'"
Politico
November 30, 2016

"Trump's Post Election Tax Subsidy"
BuzzFeed News
November 30, 2016

"Law Professor Explains Why Trump Can't Hold Lease on New D.C. Hotel"
NPR "All Things Considered"
November 29, 2016

"Trump, Playing the Public for Fools"
November 29, 2016
Commentary

"Donald Trump's Most Obvious Conflict Of Interest Problem Is Right Down The Street From The White House"
November 29, 2016
Quartz

"Has Trump's Election Breached His D.C. Hotel Lease?"
The Atlantic
November 29, 2016

"Law Professor: Trump Can't Hold Lease On His Hotel Near White House"
NPR
November 29, 2016

"Trump May Have Breached His D.C. Hotel Lease by Getting Elected"
New York
November 29, 2016

"Trump Will Violate D.C. Hotel Lease By Taking Office, Say Experts"
NBC News
November 29, 2016

"Sen. Cardin Pushes Resolution for Trump Blind Trust"
USA Today
November 29, 2016

"Donald Trump Set To Violate Government Contract On Day One Of Presidency Over Post Office Deal, Experts Say"
The Independent (UK)
November 29, 2016

"GSA's Trump Hotel Lease Debacle"
Government Executive
November 28, 2016

"AP Explains: 5 Trump Business Ties That Pose Conflicts"
Associated Press
November 23, 2016

"Donald Trump Used His Meeting with Nigel Farage To Bring Up Wind Farms"
The Independent (UK)
November 22, 2016

"Trump's Business Ties Raising More Concerns"
November 21, 2016
MSNBC "Live with Stephanie Ruhle"

"Donald Trump's Biggest Conflict Of Interest Is a Half Mile From The White House"
The Huffington Post
November 19, 2016

"Trump Org. Digs In On D.C. Tax Fight"
The National Law Journal
November 17, 2016

"GSA Will Examine Ethics Issues Around Trump's D.C. Hotel Lease"
Government Executive
November 17, 2016

"Trump's Latest Luxury Hotel Is Major Conflict of Interest"
CNN
November 16, 2016

"Trump Leases His D.C. Hotel from a Government Agency He'll Soon Be In Charge Of" 
The Washington Post
November 15, 2016

"Federal Agency Doing Business With Trump Is Trying to Avoid a Major Conflict of Interest"
BuzzFeed News
November 11, 2016