Top Democrats seek records on Trump resort promotion


The House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees announced that they sent a series of letters regarding "multiple efforts" by the president, vice president, and other Trump administration officials to spend taxpayer money at properties owned by Trump.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) wrote a letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Secret Service Director James Murray Thursday requesting more information about the president's "apparent promotion and solicitation of foreign and US government business at Trump Organization or affiliated properties".

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence drew fire from Democrats when he stayed at the Trump International Golf Club in Doonberg on the west coast of Ireland during his visit to the country, though it was 300 kilometres away from his meetings in Dublin.

"The committee does not believe that USA taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family and his companies", House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., wrote in a letter Thursday to Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, seeking all communications related to the trip's planning and documents with itemized costs.

In May, American University professor Allan Lichtman, who has correctly predicted the last nine presidential elections, said that Trump would win re-election unless Democrats impeached him.

"Though the language of the resolution is still in flux, some sources said it could incorporate elements of traditional impeachment probes, such as offering access to the president's attorneys or providing for more time to question witnesses", Politico reported.

The push comes as Democrats are trying to keep public attention on their investigations of Trump.

Cicilline said focusing on those matters - the President enriching himself potentially in violation of the Constitution - is a better strategy for the House Judiciary Committee, rather than areas that could be dismissed by the public as salacious, like the hush money, though he did contend that the matter was serious since the President may have broken campaign finance laws.

"People are exhausted by the chaos", Cicilline said, speaking of the Trump presidency more broadly.

"Potential violations of the foreign and domestic emoluments clauses of the Constitution are of significant interest and grave concern to the committee as it considers whether to recommend articles of impeachment", Mr. Nadler said in his letter, underlining the broader stakes. The House intelligence and financial services panels are seeking records from two banks with which he did business, probing whether there may be links to money laundering.

Schiff said he thinks people's views are "pretty well dug in" on the Russian Federation investigation.

"The impact that the president's business interests may have on his official conduct and American foreign policy interests demands scrutiny by Congress - as does the use of taxpayer dollars on properties or businesses personally benefiting the president", Nadler wrote. Nadler said in his letter to the White House that the panel was asking for the documents as part of its impeachment probe.