The Hill’s Faith & Freedom Coalition has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether the Trump administration illegally and in a way contrary to the law can use its power to block charities’ donations to politically connected nonprofits.
The Justice Department has said it will review the Justice Dept.
Office of Government Ethics’ ruling that charities that received funding from the president’s daughter and son-in-law were entitled to recoup money for the travel and other expenses.
The Justice Department is also probing whether the president violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by accepting gifts from foreign governments and companies, according to a person familiar with the matter.
But the Justice Office of the Inspector General is also examining whether the administration violated the Constitution when it barred charities from using their money to pay for trips, travel, meals and other benefits to foreign governments, the person said.
The Trump administration also has said the Justice’s opinion was based on a flawed analysis of the White House’s ethics rules.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Lawmakers are also asking the Justice to look into whether the Justice can withhold donations to certain charities and charities that may be subject to the Justice.
The Ethics Committee is also conducting a review of the Trump’s travel ban.
The Trump administration has said in court documents that it is seeking a temporary restraining order to halt enforcement of the travel ban because of the legal challenges.