April 21, 2017 at 2:54 pm ET
Oversight Panel Wants Details on Trump Organization’s Donation Plans
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is seeking more details on the Trump Organization’s stated plans to donate all payments from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury Department.
In a letter sent Friday to attorney Sheri Dillon, who is tasked with handling potential conflicts of interest between the Trump Organization and the office of the presidency, Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) requested documents and other information to “better understand the mechanics of how this arrangement will be implemented.”
In March, USA Today reported that Trump Organization spokeswoman Amanda Miller said the company has a plan in place to identify customers on foreign government business and that all donations would be made at the end of 2017.
Chaffetz and Cummings wrote in Friday’s letter that those details “are still unclear,” and the two lawmakers set a May 12 deadline for Dillon to respond with information concerning: the organization’s process for identifying foreign payments; how the profits are calculated; how donations are distributed to the Treasury Department; how those details will be tracked and publicly reported; and whether President Donald Trump or his trust plans to seek tax deductions for the donations.
Chaffetz and Cummings also requested Dillon provide documents indicating which entities within the organization will be donating profits received from foreign government representatives.