The House Oversight and House Judiciary Committees on Friday announced that they are investigating Vice President Mike Pence's stay at the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg, Ireland and President Donald Trump's plan to hold next year's Group of Seven (G7) summit at his Doral golf resort in Miami.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) wrote a letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Secret Service Director James Murray Thursday requesting more information about the president's "apparent promotion and solicitation of foreign and USA government business at Trump Organization or affiliated properties".
It's not known how much the visit cost - however it's estimated 3.6 million dollars was spent on President Trump's visit to Doonbeg in June.
The Chairman of the Committee says they do not believe USA taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family, and his companies.
But it would only be a technical step, and the committee would still have to introduce articles of impeachment and vote on them before the full House would be able to consider approving charges against Trump.
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"You know that we focused quite a bit on the Mueller report, even having Robert Mueller before us", said Rep. Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania, a Judiciary Committee member. 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.
"The House Judiciary Committee is examining allegations of obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by the President", Nadler wrote. Efforts from other congressional committees to obtain financial information from the IRS and from banks and accounting firms used by Trump and the Trump Organization - which could become part of an impeachment case - are also still tied up in court, as is the House Judiciary Committee's effort to get grand jury information from the Mueller probe.
Despite the growing number of House Democrats backing impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has repeatedly poured cold water on the idea and instead called for committees to continue their ongoing investigations into the president and his associates.
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. "This is a guy who promised to drain the swamp".
House Democrats gave the White House until September 19 to respond.
Since he clinched the presidency in 2016, Trump has not divested from his private business interests, rejecting the advice of government ethics experts.