House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz has slapped the Trump Organization with an investigation into their handling of foreign cash.
In a letter that the Oversight Committee posted to Twitter on Friday afternoon, Chaffetz, along with the Ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, demand that Trump’s personal lawyer Sheri Dillon give them detailed information about the Trump Organization’s handling of foreign funds.
The problem, of course, is that for a president to receive foreign cash is illegal, according to the so-called Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. Trump’s team has tried to work around that through having Trump hand off executive control of his businesses and an announcement that any foreign cash that did manage to get into the Organization would be “donated,” but Chaffetz and Cummings want specifics.
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Their letter states:
‘Additional details of the plan to donate profits from foreign governments are, however, still unclear. Meanwhile, recent news accounts have reported that the Trump Organization may have received payments from foreign government sources since President Trump’s Inauguration.’
With those concerns in mind, the House Oversight Committee wants specifics as to how the previously announced plans to keep the president away from violating the Constitution are actually working out.
Dillon has until May 12, 2017, to produce the requested documentation.
Chaffetz has come under scrutiny in the past for seeming to turn his attention away from possible scandals when it was politically expedient to him to do so.
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