Published: Wed, September 11, 2019

House Democrats Probe Use of Taxpayer Money at Trump Hotels

House Democrats Probe Use of Taxpayer Money at Trump Hotels

The House Judiciary Committee also sent letters Thursday to the White House and the Secret Service requesting information related to Trump's "apparent promotion" of the Trump National Doral Miami as a possible venue for next year's Group of Seven summit. A person familiar with the plans told CBS News this is significant because it's the first formal acknowledgement in committee.

As early as Wednesday, committee members could vote on a measure that would better define the investigation, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The text of the changes will be made public Monday for a likely vote next week.

The panel has rebranded what was originally an oversight probe of Trump's presidency as an "impeachment" investigation, with the aim of deciding by the end of the year on whether to recommend articles of impeachment to the full House.

The Democrats insist they are not pivoting their investigations away from former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report, which did not exonerate the president of obstruction of justice.

"The committee does not believe that US taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family and his companies", House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., wrote in a letter Thursday to Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, seeking all communications related to the trip's planning and documents with itemized costs. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) support the House of Representatives introducing a measure to oust the president, a move 132 Democrats in the lower chamber publically support.

Other committees are investigating Trump's financial entanglements as well. "I think a lot of people would rather just vote him out, vote the president out".

The new procedures could be in place for a September 17 hearing at which Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is scheduled to testify, along with former Trump White House aides Rob Porter and Rick Dearborn.

Pence and his team spent two nights at the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg, a small town on Ireland's southwest coast, even though it was located roughly 180 miles away from his meetings in the capital city of Dublin. "We must get America focused on the ongoing violations against basic constitutional principles".

Nadler continued: "The impact that the President's business interests may have on his official conduct and American foreign policy interests demands scrutiny by Congress-as does the use of taxpayer dollars on properties or businesses benefitting the president".

"These other issues are also very powerful", he said.

Plus, some Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are urging the panel not to focus heavily on the hush money, anxious a skeptical public would compare that to the GOP push to tarnish President Bill Clinton's reputation amid his affair with a White House intern.

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