U.S. House Democrats have launched an investigation into Vice President Mike Pence's stay at a hotel owned by President Donald Trump during a visit to Ireland this week, two committees said on Friday.
In a September 5 letter to Trump's chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Cummings wrote that Pence's stay at the Trump property in Doonbeg-"180 miles away from the Vice President's official meetings" in Dublin-warranted greater scrutiny.
The Judiciary Committee has appealed to a federal judge seeking to the underlying evidence and grand jury information that informed former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report.
The Chairman of the Committee says they do not believe USA taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family, and his companies.
"Though the language of the resolution is still in flux, some sources said it could incorporate elements of traditional impeachment probes, such as offering access to the president's attorneys or providing for more time to question witnesses", Politico reported.
"We have been focused on the Mueller report, and that is a very small part of the overall picture", said Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, a member of the Judiciary panel.
Miami Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is a member of the Judiciary Committee and is in favor of launching an impeachment inquiry into Trump's potential obstruction of the Mueller Investigation.
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U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chair of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks during a news conference, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in NY.
The House Judiciary Committee is escalating its impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump, preparing a vote as soon as next Wednesday to establish procedures for hearings the panel hopes to hold this fall.
"I think we're in the process of investigating different instances with the president where he has abused his power, obstructed justice and now we're investigating the violation of the Emoluments Clause", Mucarsel-Powell said in an interview Friday.
"The American people deserve a government that serves their interests, not one that's being exploited to line the president's pockets", Pelosi wrote in a blog post. More subpoenas are likely.
Several other 2020 hopefuls, including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders, have said they support impeachment.
"The impact that the president's business interests may have on his official conduct and American foreign policy interests demands scrutiny by Congress - as does the use of taxpayer dollars on properties or businesses personally benefiting the president", Nadler wrote.
House Democrats' subpoenas have been routinely dismissed by the White House, complicating their efforts to get information but potentially giving fodder to their argument that the President is flouting the law. Letters requesting documents were also sent to the Secret Service, the vice president's office and the Trump Organization.