Cummings Convenes Forum with Top Ethics Experts on Trump Conflicts of Interest

Dec 14, 2016
Press Release

Cummings Convenes Forum with Top Ethics Experts on Trump Conflicts of Interest




On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, will convene a forum for Members of Congress and the public to hear from top ethics experts across the political spectrum about the unprecedented conflicts of interest currently facing President-Elect Donald Trump and his incoming Administration.


Ranking Member Cummings' Opening Statement



                       1 p.m. ET, Wednesday, December 14, 2016



                       HVC-215, U.S. Capitol



                        Ambassador Norm Eisen

                        Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution

                         Former Special Assistant and Special Counsel to President Barack Obama


                        Richard Painter

                        S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law, University of Minnesota Law School

                        Former Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush


                       Stephen Gillers

                       Elihu Root Professor of Law

                       New York University School of Law


Cummings has invited Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and other Republican Members to attend, writing:

“I have expressed my strong preference to conduct this review in a bipartisan manner, particularly since our Committee is charged with overseeing the presidential transition process, conflict of interest laws, and the White House.  I continue to believe, however, that it would be in the best interests of Mr. Trump and our nation to address these conflicts of interest well before he is sworn into office in January.”

Cummings has pressed repeatedly for an Oversight Committee review of Trump’s conflicts of interest.  He first requested this review in a letter to Chaffetz on November 14, 2016, writing:  “Mr. Trump’s unprecedented secrecy and his extensive business dealings in foreign countries raise serious questions about how he intends to avoid conflicts of interest as president.”

After receiving no response, Cummings and all other Committee Democrats sent another letter urging a review as soon as possible, writing:  “You have the authority to launch a Committee investigation, and we are calling on you to use that power now.  You acted with unprecedented urgency to hold ‘emergency’ hearings and issue multiple unilateral subpoenas to investigate Secretary Clinton before the election.  We ask that that you show the same sense of urgency now.”

Chaffetz has stated that he will conduct no oversight of Trump’s finances until after he is sworn in, despite calls for an immediate review by the editorial board of his hometown paper, The Salt Lake Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, and his fellow Republican Committee Members.


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