The House Judiciary Committee has announced plans to hold a hearing on September 23, in which it will discuss possible instances of President Donald Trump violating emoluments clauses of the U.S. Constitution.
The announced hearing was published on the Judiciary Committee’s website on Tuesday morning. The meeting is titled as being, “Presidential Corruption: Emoluments and Profiting Off the Presidency,” and will take place at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time next Monday.
The discussion of possible encroachments of the emoluments clauses signals a shift for Democrats in Congress, who are examining potential abuses of presidential power that have come about under Trump.
JUST IN: The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled an impeachment hearing for Sept. 23 titled, "Presidential Corruption: Emoluments and Profiting off the Presidency." https://t.co/MGF4ek9Ejq
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The president has criticized Democrats in recent days for going after him, first on the Russia investigation, and now on other subjects, accusing party leaders of looking for any reason to attack him for political reasonings.
“They failed on the Mueller Report, they failed on [special counsel] Robert Mueller’s testimony, they failed on everything else, so now the Democrats are trying to build a case that I enrich myself by being President,” Trump tweeted out on Monday morning. “Good idea, except I will, and have always expected to, lose BILLIONS of DOLLARS for the privilege of being your president.”
Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-New York) signaled last week, however, that several considerations would be taken up, not on just one subject but on many others, regarding the potential to impeach the president in the future.
“Our investigation is not only about obstruction,” Nadler said last Thursday, according to a transcript of his remarks before the committee. “Our work must also extend beyond the four corners of the Mueller Report. We have a responsibility to consider allegations of federal election crimes, self-dealing, violations of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, and a failure to defend our nation from future attacks by foreign adversaries.”