U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling for a government probe of what she calls President-elect Donald Trump’s “chaotic” transition team, claiming concerns about conflicts of interest, national security and potential misuse of public funds.
In a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office yesterday, Warren and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, asked for a review of “conflicts of interest related to business holdings of Mr. Trump and his family” as well as to probe whether Trump’s communications with foreign leaders violated security protocols by failing to use secured lines.
They also asked government investigators to probe whether taxpayer funds were misused by the transition team since, among other things, the U.S. Secret Service has to pay for use of Trump-owned planes and to stay at Trump-owned properties while on detail.
They also expressed concern about reports of “disarray” within a “chaotic transition,” the letter states.
Republican strategists brushed off Warren’s letter as a naked partisan ploy.
“Democratic leaders are hacked off that Trump won the election, and this shows they’re going to pull out every trick in the book to thwart his presidency,” GOP consultant Ford O’Connell said. “There is a power vacuum in the Democratic Party in the wake of the Trump loss ... so you have people like Warren and Cummings who are trying to carve out a niche for themselves.”