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Warren asks federal agency to review Trump’s ‘chaotic’ transition

Elizabeth Warren delivered some reactions to the election of Donald Trump as she speaks at the New England Women's Policy Conference at UMass Boston. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Metro, Ebbert)

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Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Elijah Cummings issued a request Wednesday for a federal agency to review President-elect Donald Trump’s transition to the White House amid reports of chaos and disarray.

In the letter to the Government Accountability Office, Warren and Cummings laid out a number of concerns regarding the transfer of power, including potential conflicts of interest related to President-elect Trump’s businesses and his family.

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Up to $9.5 million has been allocated by Congress for the transition, the two Democrats wrote.

“Mr. Trump’s apparent conflicts of interest — and his behavior during the campaign and after his election — raise questions about the use of taxpayer funds during the transition,” they wrote.

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Warren and Cummings point to the lack of a true blind trust for Trump’s businesses and his meeting with three business partners from India among their issues with the transition.

On Tuesday, Trump told The New York Times he was not required to place boundaries between his business and his administration.

“The president can’t have a conflict of interest,” he said.

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The letter to the GAO also pointed to other reports of diplomats being hosted by the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., payments from the Secret Service due to Trump’s use of his own plane for transportation, and potential violations of national security protocol.

Warren and Cummings asked that that review begin “as quickly as possible.” Trump will be inaugurated Jan. 20.

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