Washington, D.C. Sept. 6, 2019—The House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the House Committee on the Judiciary sent a series of letters requesting documents and other information regarding multiple efforts by the President, Vice President, and other Trump Administration officials to spend taxpayer funds at properties owned by the President in potential violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clauses.
Vice President’s Trip to Trump Golf Resort in Ireland
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee, sent four letters yesterday to the White House, Vice President, Secret Service, and Trump Organization seeking information about the Vice President’s trip earlier this week to the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg, Ireland—180 miles away from the Vice President’s official meetings with Irish officials in Dublin.
“The Committee does not believe that U.S. taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family, and his companies,” Cummings wrote.
The White House has not made public how much the Vice President’s trip cost the American taxpayers—or benefited the Trump Organization—but based on previous investigations by the Government Accountability Office, the bill could be significant. President Trump stayed at his property in Ireland in June, which cost the American people an estimated $3.6 million.
The President’s Promotion of His Resort in Miami for G7
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, and Rep. Steve Cohen, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, sent a letter to the White House Counsel and Secret Service seeking information about President Trump’s recent promotion and solicitation of foreign and U.S. government business at Trump properties—including pushing the Trump National Doral Miami as the next venue to host the G7 Summit.
“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,” the Chairmen wrote.
While acting in his capacity as the President, Donald Trump repeatedly touted the location’s amenities and confirmed that the government was considering the property as a G7 summit venue. Reports from the same day describe the President promoting Doral in a G7 meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
This is not the first time Doral has been raised by the president in the context of a G7 summit. It was first reported on June 20, 2019, that he proposed Trump National Doral Miami to host the G7 summit.
Click here to read the Judiciary Committee’s letter to the White House Counsel and Secret Service.
Click here to read the Oversight Committee’s letter to the White House.
Click here to read the Oversight Committee’s letter to the Vice President.
Click here to read the Oversight Committee’s letter to the Secret Service.
Click here to read the Oversight Committee’s letter to the Trump Organization.