Bob Menéndez Wants Five Foreign Governments to Give Info About Trump Emoluments
Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ), the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent letters on Thursday to the embassies of Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Malaysia, and the Philippines requesting information about their transactions with the Trump Organization. The letters follow one he sent to the Trump Organization in March requesting information about payments from foreign governments. The Trump Organization’s response to that letter contained extensive legal arguments regarding the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, but little detail regarding the revenues it earned from foreign governments. “President Trump has refused to completely divest from his business interests or place them in a blind trust, which creates the potential for conflicts of interest that may lead him to put his own financial interests above those of the U.S. government and the American people,” the letter says. “Our founding fathers had this concern in mind when they wrote Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, which prohibits federal officeholders from accepting emoluments from foreign states without first obtaining the affirmative consent of Congress.” Menéndez requested that the embassies provide information regarding their process for selecting venues for official events and programs in DC; whether other venues were considered or submitted bids; any role that outside advisors, U.S. government officials, or Trump Organization employees had in selecting the venue; detailed billing information for goods and services; and more. More here.