By Steve Neavling
Some Democratic lawmakers are accusing President Trump of intervening in the project to building a new FBI headquarters because the current building is a stone’s throw from his Washington hotel.
In February, Trump’s administration abruptly ended long-standing plans to build a new headquarters in the suburbs in Maryland or Virginia.
Some lawmakers say Trump has a personal stake in keeping the headquarters in Washington D.C. so a new competing hotel doesn’t take its place.
Trump recently became intimately involved in the project to build a new headquarters at the current site, ranting that the current building is “terrible.”
“Honestly, I think it’s one of the ugliest buildings in the city,” Axios reported  Trump saying.
“It’s no surprise Trump is fixated on the FBI HQ,” Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., tweeted. “Yet another example of his conflicts of interest. It’s prime real estate down the street from Trump International. He has business ties w/ one of the bidders. It’s why I asked the IG to investigate.”
General Services Administration watchdog Carol Ochoa is investigating .
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., urged the president to let the GSA resume its original plans of relocating the building to a new site.
“The men and women of the @FBI  have long needed a new headquarters, as the Hoover Building is crumbling around them,” Cardin tweeted. “@POTUS  needs to let @USGSA  return to the nearly-complete process of selecting a new suburban site for the #FBI  and step out of the details.”
Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., minced no words, suggesting Trump was choosing personal profit over sound policy.
“Trump has an obsession with renovating the FBI HQ at its current location—despite recommendations to find a more secure location,” Van Hollen tweeted . Could it be a new hotel there would eat into the profits of the nearby Trump Hotel? We should put the security of FBI before Trump’s pocketbook!”
Trump has an obsession with renovating the FBI HQ at its current location—despite recommendations to find a more secure location. Could it be a new hotel there would eat into the profits of the nearby Trump Hotel? We should put the security of FBI before Trump’s pocketbook! https://t.co/AFJ7wmPVLT 
— Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) July 30, 2018 
Virginia’s Democratic senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Tim Kaine said in a joint statement Monday the Trump’s micromanagement of the project is delaying a much-needed new headquarters.
“That’s one reason why it is important that we see the results of the IG investigation into this decision,” the statement reads. “Our hardworking law enforcement and intelligence professionals deserve a state-of-the-art and secure facility. Having President Trump micromanage this complex procurement—with so many other issues on his plate and so many questions about apparent conflicts of interest here—just isn’t helpful to these public servants or to the region.”
The White House responded that Trump’s involvement is intended to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent appropriately.
“The president is interested in making sure taxpayer dollars spent on new buildings are being spent wisely and appropriately,” Sarah Huckabee said in a statement . “He has been a builder all of his life and it should come as no surprise he wants to take the skills and great success he had in the private sector and apply it here.”
The FBI declined to comment.
Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., recently unveiled an infrastructure plan  that could provide the funding required to allow the Trump administration to replace the crumbing, four-decade-old headquarters with a new one at the current site.