Democratic investigators are asking to see proof that the Trump Organization donated $151,470 to the Treasury Department. They’re trying to determine whether Trump has profited from foreign governments, which is against the law—a violation the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
George Sorial, the Trump Organization’s executive vice president and chief compliance counsel, said Friday that the gift made good on the company’s promise to hand over profits earned from foreign governments during Trump’s administration.
But Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is now asking for all documents related to the donation, including:
- A copy of the check or money transfer.
- Details on how the amount was calculated, including an accounting of which governments did business with the Trump Organization, and the formula used to determine the profits.
- Whether the Trump Organization plans to claim the Treasury donation as a gift for tax deduction purposes.
Cummings sent his demand to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, giving him until March 26 to comply.
There is no legitimate reason for the Trump Organization to withhold information about these payments from Congress. We have an obligation to determine whether foreign governments are spending money at President Trump’s businesses, how much they are spending and whether these payments violate the Emoluments Clause.
Cummings is one of 196 members of the House and Senate, all Democrats, who have sued Trump claiming violations of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which was designed to prevent corruption by foreign influence. The lawsuit, Blumenthal v. Trump, is pending in US district court in Washington.
Trump turned over management of his company’s day-to-day operations to his sons Don Jr. and Eric before taking office last year.
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