July 1, 2022

House Oversight to investigate unreported gifts received by Trump

The House Oversight Committee has launched an investigation into gifts given to former President Donald Trump while in office, with committee Democrats claiming that he failed to report thousands of dollars’ worth of gifts from foreign officials.

According to a report by The Hill, the Democrats on the committee assert that the former president skirted the laws that required him to turn over any gifts worth more than $415.

The policy is a longstanding practice that was created based on the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which limits what the president can receive from other governments.

“Public reporting indicates that President Trump accepted multiple gifts from foreign sources in 2020, yet these gifts do not appear on the Department of State’s public list as required,” Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) wrote in a letter to the National Archives.

“These revelations raise concerns about the potential for undue influence over former President Trump by foreign governments, which may have put the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States at risk,” she added.

The request comes after The New York Times reported in April that the State Department was unable to trace many of the gifts Trump and other members of his cabinet received during their final full year in office.

The State Department has recently told the committee that the Trump administration has left its gift vault in “complete disarray.”

However, some of the presents that the previous administration refused to return were reported in the media on its overseas tours. Trump received a bust of Mahatma Gandhi, a marble replica of Gandhi’s “Three Monkeys” statue, and a spinning wheel, among other gifts, during a single trip to India.

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