Trump Turnberry: US Congress launches investigation into Prestwick Airport deals

The US House Oversight Committee has spent months investigating military spending at President Donald Trump's struggling Scottish golf resort and the nearby debt-ridden airport, according to reports.

Both the airport and the Trump property that relies on it for visitors have faced serious financial difficulties. Since Trump took office, both have also reportedly seen an increase in business from the US military and its service members.

This previously unreported line of inquiry widens the scope of congressional investigation into the Trump administration's potential violations of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause, which forbids presidents from using their office to enrich themselves.

In a June 21 letter, the Pentagon was asked to turn over documentation surrounding military stops at Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Trump Turnberry. The investigation began back in April, according to Politico, which obtained the letter.

Yet the Pentagon has so far refused to cooperate, an unnamed senior aide on the oversight committee told Politico, prompting the committee to consider other options.

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The entrance to the Trump Turnberry Hotel is seen in Turnberry Scotland, Britain November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
The motorcade of U.S. President Donald Trump passes through the village of Maybole, after leaviing Turnberry to head for Prestwick Airport, in Scotland July 15, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
The motorcade of U.S. President Donald Trump passes through the village of Maybole, after leaviing Turnberry to head for Prestwick Airport, in Scotland July 15, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
The convoy of U.S. President Donald Trump passes through the Scottish countryside, after leaviing Turnberry to head for Prestwick Airport, in Scotland July 15, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump hits a shot on the course of his golf resort, in Turnberry, Scotland July 15, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he walks on the course of his golf resort, in Turnberry, Scotland July 14, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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The light house is seen on the golf course at Trump Turnberry Scotland, Britain November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
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From October 2017 through June, the military has placed 629 orders for refuelling at Prestwick Airport. The fuel, which could potentially have been supplied by a US military base, cost £9m.

Turnberry also provided "cut-price rooms for select passengers and crew" along with free rounds of golf, the representatives said in their letter.

The property, which Trump purchased in 2014, has reportedly failed to turn a profit. The nearby airport, viewed as a necessary pipeline for Turnberry visitors, has operated at a loss for years and is currently up for sale by the Scottish government.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence faced a storm of criticism this week amid Pence's stay at Trump's Irish golf resort during a visit to speak with Irish leaders. The resort was 180 miles away from the vice president's meetings ― on the opposite side of the island nation.

On Friday, the oversight committee announced that it would investigate Pence's stay. At the same time, the House Judiciary Committee said it would look into the president's suggestion that next year's G7 summit be held at his Miami resort.

- This article first appeared on HuffPost

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