What is going on?!?
The House Oversight Committee Democrats are launching a new investigation looking into the gifts received by former President Trump. This is because of claims that he has not disclosed thousands of dollars’ worth of gifts from foreign officials.
The former President has allegedly not followed a law that would require all gifts worth more than $415 to be noted. This is part of a practice established by the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which limits what the President can be gifted by foreign 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. This was part of a letter sent 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 continued.
An April report in the New York Times spoke about how the State Department has been unable to track certain gifts received by Trump during his final year in office.
State Department officials have also said that the gift vault was in “complete disarray” when the Trump administration left.
Some of the gifts that the administration didn’t turn over have also been the topic of news reports. For example, on a trip to India, Trump was gifted a marble replica of Gandhi’s “Three Monkeys” statue, a bust of Gandhi, and other gifts.
The Department of State Office of Inspector General has also taken note of problems with Trump’s administration’s records of gifts. He notably documented a “lack of accurate recordkeeping and appropriate physical security controls contributed to the loss” of gifts.
The letter sent to the National Archives also states of records “not available to the State Department’s Office of the Chief of Protocol.”