Incoming Foreign Affairs chairman plans investigation of Trump Organization

Incoming Foreign Affairs chairman plans investigation of Trump Organization
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Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Border deployment 'peaked' at 5,800 troops | Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Senators offer bill to press Trump on Saudis | Paul effort to block Bahrain arms sale fails Trump faces new hurdles on foreign policy Republicans jockey for top GOP spot on House Foreign Affairs Committee MORE (D-N.Y.), the incoming chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is planning to investigate the White House, the State Department and the Trump Organization after the new Congress is sworn in. 

Engel told The Washington Post that the committee will hold hearings on Russia, Saudi Arabia, the Trump Organization's potential conflicts of interest in foreign nations and how Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTurkey knocks US support for YPG as ‘big mistake’ Trump to speak with CIA about Khashoggi's murder Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Lawmakers struggle with how to punish Saudi Arabia | Trump regrets not visiting Arlington for Veterans Day | North Korea deports detained American MORE has managed the State Department. 

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“The White House needs to take us seriously, and if they don’t, we are going to make sure they take us seriously,” Engel told the Post. “I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt. … But if not, I intend to use every prerogative that I have to ensure oversight."

Engel said in his interview that incoming Democratic chairs of House committees are willing to use subpoenas or "whatever other tools they have" to conduct oversight of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBroward County official Brenda Snipes submits resignation after criticism Retired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: 'Disgusting' Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump's court picks MORE, the Post reported. 

He added that there "has been a concern" about the motivations of the administration's foreign policies in certain countries and how they relate to Trump's personal interests. 

“It’s a valid topic for us to look into,” Engel said. “There has been a concern about the motivations of the administration in terms of policies in different countries, and is it connected to Trump’s business interests.”

Engel also told the newspaper that the committee will investigate links between Trump and Russia, including the president's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said he wants to learn more details of Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki earlier this year. 

“We still don’t know what happened in Helsinki between Trump and Putin. It’s ludicrous that months later, we still don’t know,” he told the Post. “I want to find out.”

The congressman from New York added that Pompeo "needs to respect the Foreign Affairs Committee" and cooperate with Congress in its oversight role. 

“Respect is a two-way street,” Engel told the newspaper. “I won’t stand for delay and non-responsiveness to things that are clearly in our jurisdiction.”