The Judiciary panel and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced Friday that they are demanding information about the spending of taxpayer money at the president's hotels and properties, partly to inform the impeachment investigation. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said just before the recess that the committee is already in an impeachment investigation as it has called multiple witnesses related to former special counsel Robert Mueller's report and sued the White House for blocking testimony.
His letter to White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said the cost is likely hefty, citing estimates that Mr. Trump's own Doonbeg stay in June cost $3.6 million.
"The Committee does not believe that USA taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family, and his companies", Cummings wrote in one of the letters.
In May, American University professor Allan Lichtman, who has correctly predicted the last nine presidential elections, said that Trump would win re-election unless Democrats impeached him.More news: Winners and losers for Raiders in Week 1 vs Broncos
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said in a new interview airing Sunday that she opposes an impeachment inquiry into President Trump because it would "tear our country apart". The file follows info that the panel would possibly well well maybe maybe investigate "hush-money" funds made by dilapidated Trump attorney Michael Cohen to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal, two ladies alleging affairs with President Trump.
U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chair of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks during a news conference, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in NY.
"Potential violations of the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses of the Constitution are of grave concern to the committee as it considers whether to recommend articles of impeachment", Nadler and House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said in a statement on Friday. "We must get America focused on the ongoing violations against basic constitutional principles".
The bottom line: Unlike most presidents, Trump refuses to share his federal tax returns, and thus, no one can see where his income come from, how much it is, and where it is invested.More news: More than 100 Australian bushfires ‘omen’ of severe summer fire season
Schiff said he thinks people's views are "pretty well dug in" on the Russian Federation investigation.
Several other 2020 hopefuls, including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders, have said they support impeachment. Democrats have argued that Congress must approve such transactions between foreign governments and a president's personal businesses.
House Democrats gave the White House until September 19 to respond.
The request for documents included any communications about the decision making for where to host the next G-7 summit, including between the White House and the Secret Service and the White House and the State Department.More news: Britain urges North Korea to honour missile commitments after new tests