WASHINGTON – Two House committees have launched investigations into Vice President Mike Pence's stay at President Donald Trump's Ireland resort as they also step up a probe of Trump’s desire to hold the G-7 Summit next year at his Doral resort in Miami.
The Oversight and Reform Committee and the Judiciary Committee jointly announced Friday they've asked the administration for detailed costs of Pence's recent two-night stay at the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg.
The top Democrat on the Senate government affairs committee is also seeking that information. But because Democrats control the House, they have the ability to subpoena information if they're not satisfied with the administration's response.
“The committee does not believe that U.S. taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family, and his companies,” Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., wrote in his letter to Pence.
Cummings' panel is also joining the Judiciary Committee in its previously announced probe of Trump's August comments about using the Trump National Doral Miami as the next G-7 summit venue.
That probe will be part of the Judiciary Committee's broader look into alleged abuses of power by Trump including potential violations of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clauses, which restrict the president from receiving things of value from foreign and domestic governments.
Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said the potential violations "are of grave concern to the Committee as it considers whether to recommend articles of impeachment."
The latest House demands for information will add to a variety of court clashes already pending between Congress and the Trump administration.
Rulings could come any day from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals about the Judiciary Committee's access to Trump’s records with Deutsche Bank and Capital One, and from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals about Oversight and Reform Committee access to Trump’s accounting records with Mazars USA.
The Judiciary Committee is also asking U.S. District Courts to enforce subpoenas for grand-jury evidence behind former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and for testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn.
Nadler has said if decisions in the cases are favorable to the House, they could break the logjam of resistance in the administration. But Trump has said he would fight all the subpoenas for investigations, which he calls partisan harassment.