Update (1415ET): Well that didn't take long. While the House is busy with various other inquiries and probes, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's decision to hold the 2020 G7 Summit at Trump National Doral Miami, claiming it is a potential violation of the Constitution's Emoluments Clauses:
"The Administration's announcement that President Trump's Doral Miami resort will be the site of the next G7 summit is among the most brazen examples yet of the President's corruption. He is exploiting his office and making official U.S. government decisions for his personal financial gain.
The Emoluments Clauses of the Constitution exist to prevent exactly this kind of corruption. The Committee will continue investigating, litigating and legislating regarding these matters including pressing for answers to our prior requests about the G7 selection process - but we will not allow this latest abuse of power to distract from Congress' efforts to get to the bottom of the President's interference in the 2020 election."
Elizabeth Warren was also quick to jump on the bandwagon...
This is corruption, plain and simple. https://t.co/NnizsfK0dC
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 17, 2019
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Donald Trump’s Doral golf resort in Miami will be the site of next year’s G-7 summit, according to a statement by the White House.
As Bloomberg reports, the president pitched hosting the 2020 G-7 summit at Trump National Doral at this year’s August gathering of leaders in Biarritz, France, saying that the luxury property is “very big” and that each country could “have their own villa, or their own bungalow.”
The United States last hosted the then-Group of Eight summit in 2012 at Camp David in Maryland.
The announcement by Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney:
"...of the 12 places that we looked at... this was by far and away the best choice."
“It’s almost like they build this facility to host this type of event,” Mulvaney told reporters at the White House, saying “a lot of the same criteria” used for past summits were applied to choosing the site.
He said the president “will not be profiting here.”
And cue the outrage...
After Trump’s comments in August, the House Judiciary Committee said it would investigate the proposed site selection as part of its ongoing probe to determine whether to bring articles of impeachment against the president.
Thu, 10/17/2019 - 14:18