Dem calls for House inquiry into foreign payments to Trump hotel

Dem calls for House inquiry into foreign payments to Trump hotel
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The ranking Democrat of the House Judiciary Committee called Monday for a probe into President Trump over foreign payments to his Washington, D.C., hotel.

Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeHouse Judiciary Democrats ask Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Grand jury charges no officers in Breonna Taylor death MORE (D-Texas) said it is time for her committee to open an inquiry, hours after a lawsuit alleging that the president violated the domestic and foreign emoluments clauses was filed in Maryland district court. 

“An emoluments lawsuit against Trump has been filed by D.C. and Maryland. It is time to open a House Judiciary Committee inquiry,” Jackson Lee wrote on Twitter.




The congresswoman’s call comes on the same day the Maryland and Washington, D.C., attorneys general filed a lawsuit seeking Trump’s financial information and alleging the president violated the clauses by maintaining a financial stake in the D.C. hotel.

“President Trump’s continued ownership interest in a global business empire ... violates the Constitution and calls into question the rule of law and the integrity of the country’s political system,” the complaint said.

The complaint cites multiple cases of foreign diplomats and business executives staying in or holding events at the Trump hotel to curry favor with the president.

Trump refused to divest from his business empire before taking office, instead claiming his stake in the Trump Organization would be managed by a blind trust. However, that trust is managed in part by his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, who said they brief the president on his company’s profits.

Jackson Lee has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration.