Sep 17, 2019

House Judiciary to hold hearing on potential Trump emoluments violations

Trump National Doral resort in Miami. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday scheduled a hearing for Sept. 23 titled, "Presidential Corruption: Emoluments and Profiting off the Presidency."

The big picture: The hearing is part of the committee's efforts to broaden its impeachment investigation of President Trump to include allegations of corruption that extend beyond the contents of the Mueller report. Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) announced in August that the committee would specifically investigate Trump's proposal to host the 2020 G7 summit at the Trump National Doral resort in Miami, arguing that the president's "personal financial interests are clearly shaping decisions about official U.S. government activities."

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Nadler slams White House for blocking testimonies and limiting Lewandowski

Jerry Nadler. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler slammed the White House Monday for blocking 2 former aides from testifying before the committee and placing "unprecedented limitations" on former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski ahead of his appearance Tuesday.

Why it matters: The House Judiciary Committee is trying to step up investigations in order to determine whether to recommend Trump’s impeachment for obstruction of justice and abuse of power.

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Appeals court revives lawsuit against Trump for hotel profits

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A federal appeals court has agreed to reconsider an earlier ruling that dismissed a lawsuit alleging President Trump profited from the presidency with the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Maryland and D.C. have backed the suit, arguing that Trump is in violation of the emoluments clause by profiting from officials, both foreign and domestic, who stay at the luxury property. A ruling in the 4th circuit had killed the suit in July, but the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to let the lawsuit be heard before the full 15-judge court on Dec. 12.

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Scoop: House Intelligence Committee to hear from inspector general on Ukraine

Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes and chairman Adam Schiff at Thursday's hearing on Ukraine. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The House Intelligence Committee will return from the House recess for a closed hearing Oct. 4 featuring testimony from Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general who handled the whistleblower complaint over President Trump's actions on Ukraine, two committee sources told Axios. The committee later confirmed the hearing.

Why it matters: Atkinson is the inspector general who determined that the whistleblower complaint was an "urgent concern" that "appears credible." Atkinson is likely to be able to give the most detailed testimony on the issues raised by the complaint, short of the committee hearing directly from the whistleblower.

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