Trump and his family failed to report nearly $300,000-worth of gifts from foreign governments, House Democrats allege in new report | CNN Politics


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Trump and his family failed to report nearly $300,000-worth of gifts from foreign governments, House Democrats allege in new report | CNN Politics
Donald Trump and his family failed to report nearly $300,000-worth of gifts they received from foreign governments between 2017 and 2020, including a "larger-than-life-sized painting" of the former president that may currently reside at his Mar-a-Lago resort, according to a new report by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee and supporting documents obtained by CNN.

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Hilton Anatole on August 06, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. Brandon Bell/Getty Images CNN —

Donald Trump and his family failed to report nearly $300,000-worth of gifts they received from foreign governments between 2017 and 2020, including a "larger-than-life-sized painting" of the former president that may currently reside at his Mar-a-Lago resort, according to a new report by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee and supporting documents obtained by CNN.

Over 100 gifts from foreign officials, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, with a total value of over a quarter of a million dollars, were never disclosed to the State Department by Trump and members of his immediate family as required by law, the report says.

House Democrats say the discovery of these unreported foreign gifts, including 17 from Saudi Arabia with a total value of more than $48,000, "raises significant questions about why former President Trump failed to disclose these gifts to the public" and whether they may have been used to influence US policy under the previous administration. The report does not provide any specific evidence that US policy was influenced by the gifts.

Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, told CNN that the fact these items were never reported and some are now missing "suggests serious violations of the foreign Emoluments Clause."

"That part of the Constitution is America's original anti-bribery law," Raskin said, noting lawmakers could make criminal referrals if there is evidence to warrant doing so.

"But in truth, Congress on a bipartisan basis needs to legislate to build meaningful enforcement mechanisms into the Emoluments Clause," he added. "This will force us to recover the wisdom of the framers who were emphatic that people in public office, not be on the take from foreign governments."

House Democrats have sought to point out Trump's foreign engagements as their Republican colleagues and the Oversight Committee's new GOP chairman, Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, are ramping up their own investigation into foreign dealings by President Joe Biden's son, Hunter.

Last year, the State Department revealed it could not fully account for the foreign gifts Trump officials received during the president's last year in office, but the interim report released Friday cites "new information obtained by the committee {that} reveals that the failures to disclose gifts from foreign governments were much broader than previously known and extended throughout the Trump Administration."

"Internal White House records obtained by the Committee indicate that the listings provided by the White House to the Office of the Chief of Protocol failed to include all the foreign gifts received by former President Trump and the First Family not only in 2020, but throughout the Trump Administration," the report notes.

"In total, records indicate that former President Trump and the First Family received 117 unreported foreign gifts, valued at roughly $291,000," the interim report says. The report zeroes in on the undisclosed gifts from Saudi Arabia, Japan, India and China.

"In a legal sense, of course, it doesn't make any difference, whether they were just completely reckless or they deliberately decided to thumb their nose at the law and the Constitution, but morally, we can safely say that this is precisely the kind of petty minutia that Donald Trump loves to obsess about," Raskin told CNN.

Trump alone failed to report more than 50 foreign gifts - with a total estimated value of more than $150,000 - during his time in office, according to House Democrats. In terms of what foreign gifts had been shared with the Department of State, Trump disclosed 36 in 2017, 17 in 2018, 23 in 2019 and zero in 2020.

The Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act prohibits a president and federal officials from keeping foreign gifts that exceed the minimal value, which is currently set at $415. The law also put a system in place for how information about foreign gifts gets publicly disclosed and allows recipients of items valued over the set dollar amount have the option of purchasing and retaining them.

Some of the gifts Trump received were valued in the tens of thousands of dollars, including an $12,000 Uzbek silk carpet and a $35,000 dagger from the Emir of Qatar, the report adds.

Some of the items remain unaccounted for, including a "larger-than-life-sized painting" of Trump that was commissioned by the leader of El Salvador and delivered as a gift just before the 2020 election.

The committee obtained internal White House communications including correspondence about shipping the painting from the US Embassy in El Salvador to the US but found there are "no records of the painting's disposition."

"NARA had no records of this painting and GSA [General Services Administration] also had no records for the purchase of this gift," the report says.

"However, despite GSA transition documents indicating that the Director of Correspondence for the Office of Donald J. Trump certified 'full compliance with the final disposition of gifts' in April 2021, certain records suggest the portrait may have been moved to Florida as 'property of the former President' in July 2021," it adds.

Email exchanges that include photos of the US Ambassador to El Salvador standing next to the larger-than-life-sized portrait of Trump indicate that staff was arranging for the State Department to help transfer the gift from the ambassador's residence to the White House.

Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner forwarded the ambassador's initial email about the painting to White House staff, writing, "can we take care of this—very nice" to which a former Trump White House staffer replied, "yes, it got forwarded to me already and I am getting delivered to the WH!"

The report lists another item that committee investigators were unable track down despite reviewing data from the White House, NARA and GSA - a gift Kushner received from Egypt.

The White House Gift Office under the Trump administration requested the National Archives transfer a number of gifts from its custody back to the White House, which included this gift to Kushner. But there are no records that pinpoint where this gift, a box decorated in silver patterns with an estimated value of $450, is located.

There is also no evidence to suggest the box is currently in Kushner's possession.

The panel also found that Kushner, his wife Ivanka Trump and their children together, received 33 unreported gifts, totaling nearly $82,000.

"The Committee identified 13 additional unreported foreign gifts addressed to both former President Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump, totaling more than $22,000 in estimated value," according to the report.


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Professor Principal
1  seeder  JBB    2 weeks ago

I know. I know. What about Hunter? Nevermind that Biden was a private citizen 2017 to 2021...

Greg Jones
Professor Guide
1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  JBB @1    one week ago

That's true, but Joe and Hunter are joined at the hip when it comes to family financial matters, so the investigations into both need to continue.

 I distinctly remember that the Clintons had to redo their taxes one year, because they mistakenly, or maybe intentionally, labeled political donations into their "foundation" as "gifts."

Professor Quiet
2  Ronin2    2 weeks ago

To House Democrats- your time is over is in the House. You had your damn chance.

If you want to investigate something you still control the Senate.

So Fuck Off! And take NARA with you- since they can't tell the difference between a gift to the office of the president; and a gift to the person in it. Think Brandon the Human Fuck Up Machine is getting anything like those gifts? Nope, his are going to family members in the form of cash. Like buying Hunter's butt ugly paintings for 75,000 or more a pop.

Brandon's pain has just begun so find a safe space, some coloring books, and a stuffed animal (since you can't be trusted with real ones) and hunker down until 2024.

Professor Principal
2.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Ronin2 @2    2 weeks ago

Biden's taxes are public going back 20 years...

If he falsified taxes you'd have him. He didn’t!

Greg Jones
Professor Guide
2.1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  JBB @2.1    one week ago

Nonsense. The Big Guy automatically gets 10% off the top of the kickbacks from foreign governments that the Biden's receive.

The problem is, is that they Biden's don't report this under the table influence peddling. The Biden's are way more corrupt than the Clinton's


Professor Participates
2.1.2  bugsy  replied to  JBB @2.1    one week ago
If he falsified taxes you'd have him

So how is he supposed to report kickbacks from foreign governments?

Remember, leftists keep saying Biden was not in office from 2017 to 2021, which is true, however, he is president today, and any kickbacks he got during that time frame could be held against him if he tries to push back on anything a country that paid him does..

Probably a good reason why he is scared shitless to do anything about China and the bs they have been pulling since Joe came in office. .

Professor Quiet
2.1.3  bbl-1  replied to  Greg Jones @2.1.1    one week ago

If you can prove any of that please take it to the FBI and Treasury immediately.  

Professor Principal
2.1.4  seeder  JBB  replied to  bugsy @2.1.2    one week ago

You are making unfounded accusations?

Sparty On
Professor Principal
2.2  Sparty On  replied to  Ronin2 @2    one week ago

Don’t forget the binky’s.    
They’ll need an industrial vat full of binky’s as well.

Professor Quiet
3  bbl-1    one week ago

Trump and family failed..........................  Of course.  They're a bunch of cheats, liars, frauds and grifters.  

Wonder if the Trumps have a tally of the money they grifted from the less than intellectually sound MAGA bots?


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