FEDS SPIKE NEW FBI HQ: The federal government is canceling the search for a new FBI headquarters, according to officials familiar with the decision, putting a more than decade-long effort by the bureau to move out of the crumbling J. Edgar Hoover Building back at square one, reports Jonathan O’Connell in the Post. In June, House appropriators rescinded $200 million from the project, drawing exasperation from local officials who have been pushing for the government to decide among three final locations: Greenbelt and Landover, in Maryland and Springfield, Va.
The General Services Administration had been planning a complex swap in which a developer would receive the rights to construct a new building at the current headquarters site, just off Pennsylvania Ave., a few blocks from the Capitol. In return, the developer would cover much of the cost of the new building, Joseph Tanfani, David Lauter and Carrie Wells of the Sun report.
Maryland’s congressional delegation reacted harshly Monday evening to the news that the federal government is spiking its search for a new headquarters for the nation’s chief law enforcement office after more than four years in the works, Daniel Sernovitz reports for the Washington Business Journal.
GOP LAWMAKERS TO FROSH: COOL THE SUITS: Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat, has sued the federal government over the Trump administration’s travel ban as well as foreign payments made to Trump businesses, arguing they violate the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, John Kelvey of the Carroll County Times reports. On Monday, Del. Haven Shoemaker, and 35 of his House and Senate colleagues — all Republicans — asked Frosh to dial it back. In a letter addressed to Frosh, Shoemaker and his colleagues questioned the legal merits of the lawsuits and asked Frosh to consider deferring to Gov. Larry Hogan before taking further legal action.