Democrats seek documents on government use of Trump properties
House Democrats are demanding documents on President Donald Trump’s promotion of his Miami resort for next year’s G7 summit and Vice President Mike Pence’s recent stay at Trump’s Ireland golf property that was hours away from where he conducted official business.
The House Oversight Committee and the House Judiciary Committees this week sent a series of letters requesting documents and other information from the White House, the Vice President’s office, the US Secret Service and the Trump Organization about the two matters.
“The Committee does not believe that U.S. taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family, and his companies,” wrote Oversight chairman, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland.
The requests are part of the Judiciary committee’s decision to broaden its probe into the President as the committee decides whether to bring articles of impeachment against Trump. The committee is already investigating the President for potential obstruction of justice, possible corruption, among other issues.
“Potential violations of the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses of the Constitution are of grave concern to the Committee as it considers whether to recommend articles of impeachment,” wrote Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen, who chairs the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
Pence spent two nights this week at Trump’s resort in Doonbeg, Ireland — despite its location 181 miles from Dublin, where his meetings with government officials were held.
The Vice President defended the decision on Tuesday by citing his family ties to the town and arguing that the Trump resort made “logical” sense because it could “accommodate the unique footprint that comes with our security detail and other personnel.”
Last month, Trump suggested he would host the next G7 summit at his Trump National Doral Miami Golf Resort, and highlighted the pros of hosting the summit at his club. He later claimed he would not make any money from hosting the large summit at his resort.
Democrats on the Judiciary Committee made clear last month that they would investigate Trump’s proposal and schedule a September hearing to examine the plan.
Republicans have accused Democrats of presidential “harassment” and launching a fishing expedition.
CNN’s Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb contributed to this report.