Chaffetz, Cummings Ask Trump Org. For More Details On Plan To Donate Profits

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April 22, 2017 3:21 p.m.

The chair and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee on Friday asked the Trump Organization to explain its plans to donate profits from payments made by officials of foreign governments.

In a joint letter to Trump’s attorneys, Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) asked for “additional details of the plan to donate profits derived from foreign government payments.”

Chaffetz in January seemed unconcerned with the possibility that Trump might run afoul of the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, under which “no person holding any office of profit or trust” may “accept of any present, emolument, office, or title” from a foreign leader or government without the consent of Congress.

“I’m not going to go on this fishing expedition that they want me to, that the Democrats want me to,” he said.

In their letter Friday, Chaffetz and Cummings asked the Trump Organization to provide further documents by May 12 and schedule a briefing with the committee a week later.

Read the letter:

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