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Emoluments Clause

Oversight of Trump Administration

President Trump is defying warnings from Republican and Democratic ethics experts and refusing to do what every previous president has done for decades — divest himself of his ownership interests, liquidate his business assets, and place them in a truly blind trust operated by an independent entity.  As a result, Ranking Member Cummings is conducting oversight to protect against violations of the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the President from obtaining any benefit of any kind from foreign governments or affiliated entities “without the consent of Congress.” Potential Emoluments Clause violations could include foreign government officials who buy up entire floors of hotel rooms, pay higher rents at Trump Tower, lower interest rates on loans, speed up permits for development projects, or take all kinds of other inappropriate actions to ingratiate themselves with the new Administration.

Cummings Requests Documents About Trump Foundation’s Apparent Self-Dealing

Nov 22, 2016

All Oversight Committee Democrats to Chaffetz: Committee Must Investigate Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

Nov 28, 2016

Cummings to Host Forum with Bipartisan Ethics Experts on Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

Dec 12, 2016

Cummings to Host Forum with Bipartisan Ethics Experts on Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

Dec 13, 2016

Cummings Convenes Forum with Top Ethics Experts on Trump Conflicts of Interest

Dec 14, 2016

Clark, Democrats Introduce Bill to Require President and Vice President to Fully Divest Personal Financial Conflicts of Interest

Jan 9, 2017

MUST SEE: Cummings Releases New Video on Trump Conflicts of Interest

Jan 10, 2017

Cummings Issues Statement on President-Elect Trump’s Refusal to Divest Ownership Interests

Jan 11, 2017

Cummings Requests Oversight Hearing with Top Government Ethics Official on President-Elect’s Conflicts of Interest

Jan 12, 2017

Top House Democrats Press Speaker Ryan to Obtain Documents on President-Elect’s Business Dealings With Investors from Russia and Around the Globe

Jan 12, 2017

House Democrats Respond to Trump’s Failure to Address Conflicts of Interest and Ethical Lapses

Jan 12, 2017

Cummings Objects to Republican Retaliation Against Director of Ethics Office on Trump's Refusal to Divest

Jan 13, 2017

Republicans Vote Against Amendment Prohibiting Bills That Directly Benefit President Trump and His Businesses

Jan 24, 2017

Oversight Committee Requests Documents on Trump Organization’s Treatment of Foreign Government Payments

Apr 21, 2017

Cummings Raises Grave Concerns About President’s Refusal to Comply with Emoluments Clause of Constitution

May 24, 2017

Oversight Dems Insist That Gowdy Finally Start Investigating President’s Compliance with Emoluments Clause of U.S. Constitution

Jan 11, 2018

Democrats Seek Votes on 13 Subpoena Motions at Tuesday’s Oversight Committee Markup

Feb 2, 2018

GOP Blocks 13 More Subpoena Motions For a Total of 19 Subpoenas Rejected By Oversight Committee

Feb 6, 2018

Cummings Launches “Sunshine Week” With Broad Review of Trump Administration Secrecy

Mar 12, 2018

Democrats Seek Votes on 13 More Subpoena Motions at Thursday’s Oversight Committee Markup

Mar 13, 2018

New “Sunshine Week” Video on the Trump Administration’s Unprecedented Cloud of Secrecy

Mar 13, 2018

Republicans Block 13 More Subpoena Motions— Including for White House Security Clearance Docs

Mar 15, 2018