On Monday, Democratic investigators asked the Trump Organization to turn over proof that they donated $151,470 to the Treasury Department. The investigation comes as Democratic lawmakers try to determine if Donald Trump has profited from foreign governments.
According to Politico, George Sorial, the Trump Organization’s executive vice president and chief compliance counsel, said in a statement that the organization would hand over any profits from foreign governments during the Trump’s presidency.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking him to hand over all documents related to the donation, this includes a copy of the check or money transfer.
Mnuchin has until March 26 to hand over the documents, according to the letter.
Cummings also sent out a letter to Sorial.
“There is no legitimate reason for the Trump Organization to withhold information about these payments from Congress,” Cummings wrote. “We have an obligation to determine whether foreign governments are spending money at President Trump’s businesses, how much they are spending and whether these payments violate the Emoluments Clause.”
Trump’s business affairs with foreign officials raised concerns when he became president. Many believed he would put his business benefits before his duties president.
Cummings, alongside 196 members of the House and Senate, all Democrats, sued Trump for allegedly violating the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which was designed to prevent corruption by foreign influence.
Neither the Trump Organization nor the Treasury have responded to requests for comment.