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Rep. Cummings calls for ethics review of Donald Trump

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Posted at 8:35 AM, Dec 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-14 08:35:16-05

Democrats are pushing for an ethics review into possible conflicts of interest facing President-Elect Donald Trump.

On Wednesday, Rep. Elijah Cummings will convene a forum for Congress and the public to hear from top ethics experts across the political spectrum about the topic.

Cummings has invited Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and other Republican Members to attend.

"I have expressed my strong preference to conduct this review in a bipartisan manner, particularly since our Committee is charged with overseeing the presidential transition process, conflict of interest laws, and the White House," said Cummings. " I continue to believe, however, that it would be in the best interests of Mr. Trump and our nation to address these conflicts of interest well before he is sworn into office in January."

Cummings has pressed repeatedly for an oversight committee review of Trump's conflicts of interest.  He first requested this review in a letter to Chaffetz on Nov. 14.

After receiving no response, Cummings and other Democrats sent another letter urging a review as soon as possible.

"You have the authority to launch a Committee investigation, and we are calling on you to use that power now," he said. "You acted with unprecedented urgency to hold 'emergency' hearings and issue multiple unilateral subpoenas to investigate Secretary Clinton before the election. We ask that that you show the same sense of urgency now."

Chaffetz has stated that he will conduct no oversight of Trump's finances until after he is sworn in as President on Jan. 20.

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