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House panel to take formal steps on Trump impeachment probe next week

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Deanna Wagner | 11 September, 2019, 08:46

The visit of US Vice President Mike Pence to Doonbeg in Co Clare is to be investigated by a powerful House of Representatives Committee in the US.

The decision to stay at the Trump International Golf Club in Doonbeg, which was 180 miles from his meetings in Dublin, sparked outrage among Democrats.

"The Committee does not believe that US taxpayer funds should be used personally enrich President Trump, his family, and his companies", Cummings said.

The House Judiciary Committee has taken several steps in recent weeks that could lead to high-profile hearings, but it's still not clear if those hearings will materialize before the end of the year - when House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from NY, says he hopes to decide whether to bring forward articles of impeachment.

In a letter to presidential counsel and the Secret Service, he said any solicitation to foreign governments could run afoul of constitutional clauses created to bar undue influence through gifts.

Democrats have also taken issue with the president's proposal to host the 2020 G-7 summit at his National Doral Golf Club outside Miami. The file follows info that the panel would possibly well well maybe maybe investigate "hush-money" funds made by dilapidated Trump attorney Michael Cohen to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal, two ladies alleging affairs with President Trump. "We must get America focused on the ongoing violations against basic constitutional principles".

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Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline, another Democrat on the Judiciary panel, says he believes the misuse of public funds or other examples of financial corruption make Americans especially angry. And while people have heard a lot about the Mueller report, he says they may know less about the emoluments clause.

The bottom line: Unlike most presidents, Trump refuses to share his federal tax returns, and thus, no one can see where his income come from, how much it is, and where it is invested.

The House Judiciary Committee is preparing to vote to formally define an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. More subpoenas are likely. The House Oversight Committee has reportedly launched an investigation into military spending at Trump Turnberry in Scotland.

The White House declined to comment on the chairmen's letters. In an interview on Friday, Schiff said his panel will continue on that track this fall, including Trump's business links to the Gulf region and his efforts before the 2016 election toward building a tower in Moscow.

Since he clinched the presidency in 2016, Trump has not divested from his private business interests, rejecting the advice of government ethics experts. Letters requesting documents were also sent to the Secret Service, the vice president's office and the Trump Organization. Nadler said in his letter to the White House that the panel was asking for the documents as part of its impeachment probe.