Elijah Cummings Goes After Trump
Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, has directly accused Donald Trump of profiting off his job in the White House.
Appearing in an interview with “60 Minutes” aired on Sunday, Cummings said that he believes Trump is making “a lot of money” off the presidency.
“It’s not okay,” Cummings told the station. “I still believe that people — the average citizen, the guys on my block, they ought to know if the president is making a deal, whether he’s making it — making it in his self-interest or that of the country.
Cumming’s accusation comes as he gets poised to man a committee that he has said will open a number of investigations into the Trump administration.
The congressman issued 51 letters to the heads of various government agencies, White House and Trump Organization officials seeking documents on a series of congressional investigations.
CUmmings went on to say that he has not heard back from the administration on document requests related to things such as its policy that led to family separations at the southern border.
“In order to do oversight, you got to have documents,” Cummings said, adding that he’d be prepared for court battles with the White House over document requests. “You got to have emails. You got to have information.”
Trump has faced scrutiny over the possibility that he is profiting off his presidency. Last month, the Maryland and D.C. attorneys general filed multiple suits against Trump alleging that he has violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by accepting payments from foreign and state governments through the Trump International Hotel.
The White House called Cummings’ claims “completely baseless” in a statement sent to CBS News, adding that it could not “comment further about ongoing litigation.”