Democrats gained control of The U.S. House after the 2018 midterm elections, and as a result, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) now heads the House Committee on Financial Services which is heavily probing Trump’s finances. Among many things, they are investigating the connection between the Trump administration and Deutsche Bank, one of the largest money laundering banks in the country or perhaps, the world.
This week, it was revealed that prosecutors in Maryland have now subpoenaed financial documents related to Trump’s golf courses in Scotland.
According to Vanity Fair:
‘Maryland prosecutors have subpoenaed a company owned by Donald Trump for records related to his Scottish golf courses, seeking information about the president’s possible violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution. According to The Times of London, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh demanded the financial filings of DJT Holdings LLC—which owns the president’s Scotland resorts, as well as Trump International Hotel in Washington—as part of an investigation into whether profits from Trump’s D.C. hotel were “flowing to the president through his affiliated entities.”’
Trump had promised he would distance himself from his businesses before taking the oath of office. However, he put his sons Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. in charge which has allowed him to continue the financial ties to his company.
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh told The Times of London:
‘We are confident that at the end of discovery we will be able to prove our case that President Trump is violating the Constitution’s emoluments clauses, America’s first anti-corruption laws.’
Mr. Trump’s D.C. Hotel has been strongly scrutinized for emoluments clause violations “as international officials and business leaders seemingly seek to curry favor with the president by frequenting it.”
Although emoluments clause cases are rare and difficult to prove, it is possible that the Maryland subpoena could reveal the unknown source of DJT Holdings’s funding. Vanity Fair reported:
‘In a congressional hearing last year, Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS—the research firm that hired Christopher Steele to assemble a dossier on Trump’s ties to Russia—intimated the company could be financially linked to foreign powers.’
‘The Irish courses and the Scottish courses . . . don’t, on their face, show Russian involvement, but what they do show is enormous amounts of capital flowing into these projects from unknown sources.
‘It’s hundreds of millions of dollars. And these golf course are just, you know, they’re sinks. They don’t actually make any money.’
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the new chair of the House Intelligence Committee, has also pledged to look into Trump’s financial affairs, including his potential ties to foreign powers.
The president has tried to push back on the emoluments probe, but a judge ruled in July that the case could proceed.
A district judge in D.C. also issued a similar ruling in September.
According to The New York Times:
‘Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the United States District Court in Washington ruled that the lawmakers have standing to sue Mr. Trump for accepting payments and other benefits from foreign governments without obtaining permission from Congress, which would violate the Constitution’s clause that bars federal officials from accepting gifts, or emoluments, from foreign powers without congressional approval.’
It is just a matter of time before Trump will have to answer to all of the lies and corruption.
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