Press release / Dec. 19, 2018

Congress to probe Trump Organization Dominican Republic deal and other foreign deals

Members of Congress speak out following Global Witness’ investigation uncovering the Trump Organization’s potential new real estate project in the Dominican Republic, which poses conflicts of interest at the heart of the presidency.

Read the entire report via Global Witness’ website here.

Investigative nonprofit Global Witness welcomes Representative Elijah Cummings’ announcement that the House Oversight Committee will investigate Trump’s foreign deals, including what looks to be a new beachfront development in the Dominican Republic’s Cap Cana Resort.

This follows Global Witness’ investigation earlier this week, including undercover footage, where a sales representative stated that the Trump Organization was moving ahead with a new development. In response to our investigation, the Trump Organization deny that they are involved in any current project in the Dominican Republic.

“Before his inauguration, Trump promised the American public that he would pursue no new foreign deals while he is President. Our investigation suggests that he may have broken that promise,” said Eryn Schornick, Senior Policy Advisor at Global Witness. “What is more alarming than a broken promise is the fact that the president can get away with this because there is no conflict of interest law or rules to hold him accountable.”

Following our investigation, Representative Cummings today told ABC:

“The American people have the right to know if the President is working in his own personal best interest to support his pocket book, or whether he is working in theirs.”

Representative Cummings stated Democrat lawmakers intend to request documents from the Trump Organization about their dealings in the Dominican Republic.

Senator Dianne Feinstein said in a statement yesterday:

“The Trump Organization’s pursuit of business abroad creates glaring conflicts of interest, with the president’s foreign policy decisions potentially being influenced by his personal financial interests. Foreign governments may also make decisions affecting the Trump Organization with the goal of receiving favorable treatment from the Trump administration.

Our founding fathers drafted the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution to prevent this situation. They did not want foreign governments to be able to put financial pressure on the president.”

Read our press release on the investigation and how Trump's Dominican Deal may be unconstitutional here.

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