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Oversight Committee Dems to Chair: Subpoena Trump Org Documents

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Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 04:31 PM

Over a dozen Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are calling on Republican Chairman Trey Gowdy to issue subpoenas for Trump Organization documents.

The 17 members of the committee, including ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., wrote Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, asking him to approve subpoenas for documents requested from the Trump Organization months ago.

They express concern that Trump violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution and that his "refusal to follow the example of his predecessors by liquidating his assets and placing them in a truly independent blind trust" creates a conflict of interest.

"Over the past year, President Trump and his attorneys have stalled virtually any credible oversight, and unfortunately our Committee has done nothing to push back on these efforts, press for answers to these questions, or obtain documents that would assist our efforts to carry out our duties under the Constitution to act as an independent check on the President and the Executive Branch," they wrote.

Exactly one year ago, Trump announced at a news conference that he would not liquidate his business assets or place them in a blind trust, instead handing control of the day-to-day aspects of the company to his two eldest sons.

"Now that a year has passed since the President and his attorneys held their press conference, there is no longer any reason for the Trump Organization to continue defying our Committee's request for documents and a briefing," the letter continues.

"For these reasons, we respectfully request that you now issue a subpoena to compel the Trump Organization to produce, by January 20, 2018, all of the following documents, which were requested on a bipartisan basis more than eight months ago."

This request includes documentation on how the company identifies payments from foreign governments, and whether he is following through on his vow to donate such payments to the U.S. Treasury.

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Over a dozen Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are calling on Republican Chairman Trey Gowdy to issue subpoenas for Trump Organization documents.
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