Trump Under Investigation for Alleged $1bn Campaign Solicitation from Oil Executives US Advances $1bn Weapons Aid Package to Israel

House Democrats and the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) are intensifying investigations into former President Donald Trump’s recent activities, focusing on a dinner he hosted at his Mar-a-Lago estate last month.

The dinner gathered over 20 executives from oil and gas companies. Reports from The Washington Post suggest that during the gathering, Trump allegedly solicited a $1 billion campaign contribution in exchange for promising to revoke environmental regulations implemented by Joe Biden, including restrictions on natural gas export permits, oil drilling, and vehicle emissions.

Virginia Canter, CREW’s chief ethics counsel, stated, “We are closely examining whether Trump’s fundraising solicitation from oil executives warrants further scrutiny.”

In another development, the United States government has moved forward with a $1 billion weapons aid package to Israel, despite recent concerns raised by President Joe Biden regarding potential civilian casualties in Gaza. The package, which includes tank rounds, mortars, and armored tactical vehicles, has entered the congressional review process.

This decision comes after Biden temporarily delayed a shipment of bombs to Israel due to apprehensions about their use in densely populated areas like Rafah, home to 1.3 million Palestinians.

Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser, emphasized the continued commitment to providing military support to Israel.

However, the White House opted to pause the bomb shipment to prevent civilian casualties in densely populated areas.

Meanwhile, Israel’s military has confirmed an escalation of operations in the Jabaliya refugee camp and targeted actions in specific areas of eastern Rafah.

These developments reflect ongoing tensions in the region amid efforts to balance military support with humanitarian concerns.