Since taking office in January, the Trump administration has been spending tax dollars that might benefit President Trump and his family. Now, Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee want to know how much taxpayer money is going directly to the Trump’s bank account.
In letters sent to the 15 cabinet departments and nine independent executive branch agencies on Tuesday, the committee’s 18 minority members are requesting documents on their spending at “businesses owned by or affiliated with the Trump Organization.”
The move is the first step in an investigation of federal spending involving Trump companies, the lawmakers said, according to NPR.
The letter said Trump’s “financial entanglements make it impossible to know whether he is making his decisions in the public interest” or to benefit the president and his family.
“It looks like he’s making money off being president,” said committee member Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill. “This is not, you know, for him to make money for his business, or his family to make money. But it seems like that’s what happening.”
As NPR reported:
“The letter cites several instances uncovered by the press, including the State Department’s booking of 19 rooms at a Trump hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia; costs for Secret Service protection for his son Eric’s business travel for the Trump Organization; outlays at several agencies to support President Trump’s trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and golf club in New Jersey; and Housing and Urban Development subsidy payments to the Starrett City complex in Brooklyn, in which Trump has an ownership stake.”
Democrats gave the departments and agencies an August 25 deadline to deliver the documents and asked that copies go to the committee’s Republican staff as well.
The White House didn’t respond to Political Dig’s request for comment.