Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and other Democrats are seeking an investigation into President Donald Trump’s tours of Air Force One.
As The Hill reports, in an Aug. 1 letter to USAF and Defense Dept. inspectors general, Sen. Warren, along with Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CN) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), ask if the practice of inviting guests onto the presidential plane violates any ethical standards or regulations.
The legislators are apparently concerned that the tours might be a conflict of interest between Trump’s duties as president and role as a multi-faceted businessman.
“Previous Presidents have provided friends and even campaign donors tours of Air Force One, but the reports that members of the president’s private club may have received such tours are particularly troubling because their relationship to the president arises out of an ongoing business relationship with the president,” the senators suggest.
They demand a “review of all individuals who have had access to Air Force One for tours or other nonofficial travel” from the beginning of the Trump’s presidency in 2017.
The letter raises the question of whether there is any connection between doing business with the president and being provided access to Air Force One.
Before he became president, Trump relinquished direct control of his business interests to his elder sons but has opted not to place all of his operations in a blind trust.