‘We’ve got to hit the ground, not running, but flying….’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., claimed that President Trump has monetarily profited from the presidency.
In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Cummings accused Trump of abusing his position of power and claimed he’s made “a lot of money” since being in the White House.
“It’s not OK,” Cummings said. “I still believe that people — the average citizen, the guys on my block, they ought to know if the president is making a deal, whether he’s making it — making it in his self-interest or that of the country.”
The White House told CBS News in a statement that Cummings’s claims are “completely baseless.”
Democrats have consistently attacked Trump’s personal finances in an attempt to sink his presidency.
The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia accused Trump of violating the Constitution by holding a financial investment in a Washington hotel, suing him and his administration.
And in another lawsuit, almost 200 Democrats in Congress sued the president to stop his family’s businesses from taking money from foreign states.
Cummings is leading the charge in Congress, taking the reins of the only House committee with unlimited jurisdiction and subpoena power.
His staff has already sent 51 letters to members of the Trump administration asking about the president’s and his cabinet’s business dealings.
“There’s so much,” Cummings told “60 Minutes.” “We’ve got to hit the ground, not running, but flying.”
Cummings said he expects Republicans to block his committee’s investigations and subpoenas, especially if they involve special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation.
When asked if the GOP would try to quash Mueller’s report, Cummings said: “I hope not. But that’s a possibility.”
“I want whatever it is, for the Congress to have it, and I want the public to have it, so that everybody can make a judgment,” he said.