Ranking Member Raskin Urges Chairman Comer to Investigate Whether Former President Trump’s Attorneys Lied about Chairman Comer’s Statements to Bury Further Evidence of Trump’s Foreign Emoluments

Jan 26, 2024
Press Release
Following Chairman Comer’s Statements, Ranking Member Raskin Also Calls for Committee to Issue a New Subpoena to Mazars

Washington, D.C. (January 26, 2024)—Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin, Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Accountability, sent a letter to Chairman James Comer pressing

him to launch an immediate investigation into the apparent efforts of Trump’s counsel to deliberately mislead counsel for Mazars, former President Trump’s accounting firm, by falsely claiming the Committee had no interest in requiring Mazars to complete document productions under a court-supervised settlement agreement. The request follows recent public comments in which Chairman Comer explained that he “had no involvement” to cut off the flow of Trump documents from Mazars to the Committee in early 2023.   Noting Chairman Comer’s claims, Ranking Member Raskin also urged him to issue a new subpoena to former President Donald Trump’s former accounting firm, Mazars USA, LLP (Mazars), so that the Committee can receive all responsive documents pertaining to payments Trump illegally accepted while in office in violation of the U.S. Constitution. 

 

“If, as you stated, you were not involved in—much less directing—the termination of document productions to the Committee, I urge you to launch an immediate investigation into the false and fraudulent misrepresentations by former President Trump’s attorneys, and to join me in ensuring the Committee receives from Mazars all the records it has pertaining to all the payments received by former President Trump from all foreign governments during the entirety of his presidency.  Former President Trump’s acceptance of these payments is not only illegal and unconstitutional but also raises significant national security concerns as the corrupt and autocratic foreign governments making these payments sought—and often received—favors and specific foreign policy outcomes,” wrote Ranking Member Raskin.

 

The letter follows an Oversight Democrats staff report that found Trump violated the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause by illegally accepting $7.8 million from foreign governments while he was in office.  As the report makes clear, the $7.8 million is likely only a small fraction of the total payments President Trump received from foreign governments as this figure is based on incomplete ledgers and receipts from Mazars covering just two years of his presidency and payments from just 20 countries to just three of his more than 500 businesses entities—and a lease payment to Trump Tower recorded in a public document.  Unless the Committee obtains records pertaining to all the payments former President Trump received from all foreign governments during the entirety of his presidency, the American people will be denied an accounting of the full extent of Trump’s flagrant violations of the U.S. Constitution while president.

 

“You have often asserted that you are committed to ‘investigating foreign nationals’ attempts to target and coerce high-ranking U.S. officials’ family members by providing money or other benefits in exchange for certain actions.’  And earlier this week, your spokesperson affirmed that you are working ‘to ban influence peddling and reform federal ethics laws.’  I therefore urge you to join me in holding former President Trump and his attorneys fully responsible for their efforts to obstruct this Committee’s investigation and their false and fraudulent misrepresentations about your statements on behalf of the Committee,” concluded Ranking Member Raskin.

 

Click here to read today’s letter to Chairman Comer.

 

Click here to read the report. 

 

Click here to read the underlying documents.

 

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118th Congress