Democrats in the lower chamber are requesting records surrounding Vice President Mike Pence’s stay at the president’s Irish resort in Doonbeg during his recent overseas visit.
In the series of letters, lawmakers pressed for details surrounding the stay and the possibility of President Trump hosting the annual G7 summit next year at his property in just outside of Miami.
Jerry Nadler, House Judiciary Committee Chairman, joined forces with other leftist lawmakers inquiring about the visit, suggesting it may have violated the emoluments clause within the Constitution.
The emoluments clause stipulates the president is prohibited from accepting gifts from foreign governments or the U.S. government without a congressional stamp of approval.
Nadler specified in the letter the information is “of significant interest” and will be used to decide if the committee can or will begin the impeachment process.
Elijah Cummings, the House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman, released a joint statement with Nadler saying, “Potential violations of the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses of the Constitution are of grave concern to the Committee as it considers whether to recommend articles of impeachment.”
Officials close to the vice president have since slammed the Democrats’ efforts suggesting the stay was decided by Pence because the resort is in close proximity to where his ancestors are from.
The vice president’s chief of staff has dismissed the concerns emphasizing Pence followed normal protocol and the president did not direct them to stay there.
President Trump has since weighed in on his idea to host the G7 summit next year at his Miami resort citing its close proximity to the airport, which will be convenient for the arrival of his international counterparts.
This recent stir comes as the Democrats’ latest attempt to scrape at faulty grounds in an effort to begin impeachment proceedings.
Both Nadler and Cummings have requested the information surrounding the president’s G7 proposal by September 19.