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Rep. Jamie Raskin Calls Trump to Return $7.8M Foreign Payments Taken During Presidency

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) has taken a stance against former President Trump, demanding that he return approximately $7.8 million that his companies received from foreign governments while in office.

Allegations Of Money Accepted From Foreign Entities

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The demand stems from allegations made by House Oversight and Accountability Committee Democrats, who contend that Trump’s businesses accepted money from foreign entities in violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause.

Money Taken From 20 Countries

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The House Oversight and Accountability Committee Democrats asserted in a recent report that Trump’s companies received payments from foreign entities representing 20 countries.

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Violation of Emoluments Clause

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They argue that these payments constitute violations of the Emoluments Clause, which prohibits federal officials from receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments without congressional approval.

Strong Words from Raskin

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In a letter addressed to Trump, Rep. Jamie Raskin criticized the former president’s acceptance of foreign emoluments during his tenure. Raskin characterized it as a “stunning violation” of the U.S. Constitution and a betrayal of the nation’s interests and trust. He called on Trump to return the funds.

Breakdown of Foreign Payments

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The report identified China as the source of most of these payments, accounting for approximately $5.6 million. These funds were directed to Trump’s properties, including hotels in Washington and Las Vegas and Trump Tower in New York.

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Incomplete Figures

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Rep. Raskin pointed out that the $7.8 million figure is not comprehensive and represents only a portion of the money received by Trump.

Allegations That Rep. James Comer Stifled The Investigation

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He cited Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), who assumed the committee chairmanship in January, for curtailing the investigation. This limitation prevented full accounting of the foreign emoluments received during Trump’s presidency.

Favors and Policy Outcomes

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Raskin alleged that the countries contributing funds to Trump’s businesses often sought and, in many instances, obtained favors and specific policy outcomes from the Trump Administration in exchange for their financial support.

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Parallel Investigations

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The report’s release coincides with ongoing investigations by Oversight Committee Republicans into President Biden’s family finances. These investigations include probing allegations that President Biden’s son and brother received money from foreign sources through business dealings.

Congressional Debate

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Rep. Raskin verbally exchanged with Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) during a committee hearing on Thursday. Raskin emphasized no exceptions to the foreign emoluments clause, stating, “There is no hotel exception, Mr. Donalds, to the foreign emoluments clause. There is no international real estate syndicate exception to the foreign emoluments clause, Mr. Donalds.”

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