Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), who will probably serve as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee as of January, told an interviewer on CNN today that he may investigate the entire Trump family for supposed violations of the emoluments clause of the US Constitution. “I think there many other things to pursue with this administration concerning emoluments and the use of the office for personal gain,” Cohen said. He dismissed on comparisons to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state. Citing supposed financial misdealings on the part of President Trump and family, Cohen said, “This needs to be looked into. Who knows if Ivanka Trump wasn’t talking to people she had business relationships with?”
When CNN anchor Brianna Keilar sought to tie the president’s recent statements about Saudi Arabia, Cohen said, “That’s one of the reasons why the emoluments clause violation is so important.” Cohen said, “We need to know if foreign money being given to our president and his family is affecting our policy.” The outspoken progressive Democrat predicted that a congressional probe would show that Trump and his family put their financial interests ahead of the country. He also condemned the president for what he called a “cover up” of the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has been linked to Saudi Arabia’s royal family. “It was obvious it was done by the Saudi prince,” Cohen said, mocking Saudi Arabia’s various explanations for the killing. “This is all obviously just a cover up, and it’s to protect the crown prince.” Referring to the president’s daughter and her husband’s diplomatic missions to Saudi Arabia, Cohen said, “America’s crown prince, Jared and Ivanka, have a great relationship with him.” He added, “Who knows what Trump properties they may be funding?”
Elsewhere, Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform plan to investigate Ivanka Trump‘s use of private emails supposedly for government business and against federal record-keeping law. According to The Hill, the Committee plans “to continue our investigation of the presidential records act and federal records act, and we want to know if Ivanka complied with the law.” Speaking for Ivanka Trump’s attorney, a spokesperson claimed that the president’s daughter (who serves as an advisor) had not been briefed on federal government laws concerning the use of private emails.