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President Donald Trump listens during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

A top government watchdog said it will investigate the Trump transition


The Government Accountability Office, one of the leading federal watchdogs, announced Tuesday it would investigate the Trump transition, focusing on funding, ethics and contact with foreign governments, The Hill reported.

The investigation is a response to a letter sent by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) of the House Oversight Committee. 

The investigation will review laws regarding presidential transition and how government funds were spent.

We have significant questions about the extent to which Mr. Trump's conflicts of interest ... are affecting his transition...
Cummings-Warren letter

Warren and Cummings said in their letter, sent in November 2016, that they supported funding transition efforts but had concerns about the Trump transition.

The GAO said a draft of the report would be provided in June.

Allegations of conflicts of interest have dogged the Trump team for months. Undisclosed discussions with Russian diplomats led former national security adviser Michael Flynn to resign and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from any investigations involving Trump and Russia. His staff has insisted no illegal contacts were made.

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