The House Oversight Committee investigates whether President Trump has strengthened his luxury golf resort in Scotland with the defense department after he learned that the army spent 11 million dollars on refueling at the nearest airport and air guards spent the night there during a routine mission to the Middle -East.
Politico reported on Saturday that the investigation began in April, when members of the committee heard the night stop and fuel stops.
Since October 2017, the defense department has registered 629 fuel purchase requests at Prestwick Airport – the small airport closest to Turnberry, the money-losing resort of Trump.
In total the purchases cost $ 11 million and this means a & # 39; substantial & # 39; increase in the amount spent by US soldiers at the airport since Trump took office.
In previous years, it is reported, they would stop at flight bases in Europe, where the fuel is cheaper. The team could have stopped at Lakenheath Airbase, the US Air Force in Europe's only F-15 fighter wing, which is 380 miles away.
When the news appeared on Saturday, democrats, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, called for the president to be deposed.
President Trump in Turnberry, his luxury golf resort in Scotland, in June 2016. The House Oversight commission investigates military spending at the resort and at the nearest airport
The cover of the letter sent to the Pentagon in June demanded answers about the journey and spending of the army in Scotland
Combined with fuel purchases, an overnight stay in Turnberry is in the spring when five air force guards spent the night there on their way to Kuwait.
The resort is 32 km from the airport, where the five-member team of the 176th maintenance team was refueled.
At around $ 160 per night, the 5-star hotel is also considerably more expensive than the dozens of alternatives that are both closer to the airport and independent of the Trump family.
According to high Democrats who talked anonymously about the probe with Politico, the air force guards were shocked by the extravagant choice at the hotel.
Military bosses usually opt for cheaper options such as Marriott or Hilton.
Turnberry is so much more luxurious than their normal overnight stays that the daily allowance for meals was not enough to cover food at the resort.
It remains unclear how much the army has paid for the rooms in which the five soldiers were staying and, according to Pentico, the Pentagon has ignored requests for information.
& # 39; The Ministry of Defense has not produced any document in this investigation.
& # 39; The committee will be forced to consider alternative steps if the Pentagon does not start voluntarily in the coming days & # 39 ;, said a democrat.
With an average of $ 163 per night, the hotel is considerably more expensive than the many alternatives that are closer to Prestwick Airport, where the air guards refuel
Prestwick Airport in Glasgow is a small airport that happens to be closest to Turnberry. It is a minor operation and is losing so much money that it is now being sold by the Scottish government. Despite the problems, the US military has been refueling there with $ 11 million since October 2017 and the House Commission says it & # 39; considerably more & # 39; was then issued before Trump took office
The committee's concern is exacerbated by the fact that despite the fact that Prestwick Airport has been losing money since 2013 and is now being sold by the Scottish government, the amount of money the US military is spending there has increased.
& # 39; Despite the struggling operations of Prestwick Airport, US military spending at the airport appears to have increased significantly since the election & # 39 ;, Presidents Elijah Cummings and Jamie Raskin wrote in a request to the Pentagon for information in June .
Prestwick Airport has also offered discounted rooms at Turnberry to commercial crew and passengers and has offered free rounds of golf to American veterans.
The committee chairmen said in their letter that the scenario points to a major conflict of interest.
Firebrand Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for Trump to be deposed on Saturday
"Given the continued financial participation of the President in his golf courses in Scotland, these reports raise questions about his possible receipt of US or foreign government monuments in violation of the US Constitution and raise other serious conflicts of interest," they said.
Trump bought Turnberry in 2014 for nearly $ 44 million.
He did the transaction under the Golf Recreation Scotland company and took out $ 146 million in loans from Trump & # 39; s personal trust in New York to pay for it.
When he took office, the president transferred ownership of the Trump organization to his family. Part of the Trump organization is Trump Hotels, to which Turnberry belongs.
The Trump organization did not immediately respond to the request from DailyMail.com on Saturday afternoon.
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