Appearing on CNN on Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) promised congressional investigations into the business dealings of first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner if the Democratic Party wrests control of Congress in November's midterms.
Speaking with host Wolf Blitzer, Schiff said he was stunned by the reported $82 million the couple made in outside income while serving at the pleasure of President Donald Trump in the White House.
Noting the couple's cash haul, host Blitzer asked, "Are there any concerns here, ethical or legal concerns, from your perspective?"
"Both certainly if this information is derived from foreign sources that are violating the emoluments clause," Schiff explained. '"With the Republican majority in Congress unwilling to do any oversight of this, we simply don't know if the foreign policy of the United States is up for sale."
"There are a lot of allegations about the Kushner family trying to get money from the gulf nations, was that influencing policy of the United States? So we don't know and we shouldn't have to ask these questions," he continued. "We have to wonder is Ivanka getting trademarks from China for a certain reason? The Chinese investment of a half of a billion dollars in a Trump-branded property in Indonesia? Did that influence the president's decision to reverse sanctions on [Chinese telcom] ZTE?"
"With this majority in Congress unwilling to do oversight, and with the first family unwilling to divest, we are left to question whether their policy is driven by their financial interests and not the interests of our country," he stated. "It should be done by the Government Reform Committee and Rep. Trey Gowdy, but it's not. They're unwilling to look into anything that will either embarrass the president or reveal wrongdoing by the administration -- and that leaves the country in jeopardy."
"You're saying that would change if Democrats were in power after the midterm elections?" host Blitzer asked.
"Absolutely," Schiff replied. "We would be back to governing as well, and back to a different kind of policy and making sure the country would be run for the benefit of its citizens and not for the benefit of Donald Trump or Ivanka or Jared Kushner or anyone else in the family," he asserted.
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