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    Emoluments Clause

    Now that he has been sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States, Trump’s business interests are creating countless conflicts of interest, as well as unprecedented influence by foreign governments, and have resulted and will further result in numerous violations of Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, the “Foreign Emoluments Clause,” and Article II, Section 1, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution, the “Domestic Emoluments Clause.”

    The Foreign Emoluments Clause provides that “no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

    The Domestic Emoluments Clause, which is narrower than the Foreign Emoluments Clause, provides: “The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.”

    Like the Foreign Emoluments Clause, the Domestic Emoluments Clause arose to protect the government from corruption. The Founders intended that the Domestic Emoluments Clause guarantee that Congress, other parts of the federal government, and the states “can neither weaken [the President’s] fortitude by operating on his necessities, nor corrupt his integrity by appealing to his avarice.”3 The Founders further intended the Clause to protect against self-dealing: insuring the President could not receive any benefit from his Office other than as the fixed compensation prescribed in advance by Congress.

    Lawsuit filed against Trump for violations (5/10/2017): https://www.documentcloud.org/docume...moluments.html

    https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content...ts-clause1.pdf
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    Link to Trump's Motion to Dismiss of the lawsuit I linked above (filed yesterday, 6/9/17): https://www.documentcloud.org/docume...o-Dismiss.html
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    https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content...ts-clause1.pdf

    EXAMPLES:

    1. Mr. Trump has recently completed the Trump International Hotel, a major new project in Washington, D.C. and a new hot spot for foreign diplomats.
    - As a former Mexican ambassador to the United States has candidly remarked, “The temptation and the inclination will certainly be there. Some might think it’s the right way to engage, to be able to tell the next president, ‘Oh, I stayed at your hotel.”
    - Speaking on the Senate floor, Senator Ben Cardin noted, “One diplomat was recorded as saying ‘Why wouldn’t I stay at his hotel blocks from the White House, so I can tell the new president, ‘I love your new hotel!’ Isn’t it rude to come to his city and say, ‘I am staying at your competitor’?”
    - Indeed, with lots of public fanfare, the Kingdom of Bahrain already has decided to mark the seventeenth anniversary of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s accession to the throne by hosting a reception at the Trump International Hotel.

    2. Since Mr. Trump’s election, long-delayed Trump projects have suddenly jump-started around the world, including in Argentina and Georgia. This may be especially noteworthy in light of Mr. Trump’s acknowledgment that he has raised business issues on calls with foreign officials.

    3. Mere weeks before Mr. Trump spoke by phone with the President of Taiwan, dramatically altering American foreign policy, a businesswoman claiming to be associated with Mr. Trump’s conglomerate arrived in Taiwan and made inquiries about major new investments in luxury hotels.

    4. Shortly before the election, President Duterte of the Philippines named Jose E.B. Antonio, a business partner of Mr. Trump and founder of a company behind Trump Tower Manila, as a special envoy to the United States.

    5. After Mr. Trump spoke of banning Muslim immigrants, President Erdoğan of Turkey demanded that Mr. Trump’s name be removed from Trump Towers in Istanbul; but that demand abruptly ceased after Mr. Trump defended President Erdoğan’s brutal crackdown on Turkish dissidents.
    - Indeed, while running for President, Mr. Trump openly admitted during a radio interview that “I have a little conflict of interest because I have a major, major building in Istanbul.”

    6. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China—owned by the People’s Republic of China—is the single largest tenant in Trump Tower. Its valuable lease will expire, and thus come up for re-negotiation, during Mr. Trump’s presidency.

    7. Even as debates rage over American/Russian relations and Russian cyberattacks on U.S. interests and even on the recent presidential election, it has been reported that Russian financiers play a significant (albeit concealed) role in Mr. Trump’s organization.

    8. Mr. Trump’s businesses owe hundreds of millions to Deutsche Bank, which is currently negotiating a multi-billion-dollar settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, a settlement that will now be overseen by an Attorney General and many other appointees selected by and serving at the pleasure of Mr. Trump.

    9 .Federal prosecutors in Brazil are in the middle of a sensitive (and now politically-freighted) criminal investigation into whether two pension funds that invested in the Trump Hotel in Rio de Janeiro were bribed to do so.

    10. In Ireland, Mr. Trump wants to build a wall that would protect a coastline near his Trump International Golf Links course. Environmentalists, however, worry about an endangered species: the vertigo angustior snail. This fight will go to a national planning board, which may now find itself enmeshed in treacherous international politics relating to Mr. Trump.
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    Trump/Russia Timeline: http://billmoyers.com/story/trump-russia-timeline/

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    I don't understand why the Justice department is defending Trump on this. It seems his personal attorney paid by Trump, not US taxpayers, should be defending him. Or at least the White House counsel if it's about the presidency, but still taxpayers have to pay. But the Justice department has other work to do--the people's work, not Trump's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simba16 View Post
    I don't understand why the Justice department is defending Trump on this. It seems his personal attorney paid by Trump, not US taxpayers, should be defending him. Or at least the White House counsel if it's about the presidency, but still taxpayers have to pay. But the Justice department has other work to do--the people's work, not Trump's.
    Agreed. That Motion to Dismiss cost us tens of thousands, without a doubt. And that's only the first step in a lengthy lawsuit. Makes me sick.
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    Washington Post:

    D.C. and Maryland to sue President Trump alleging breach of constitutional oath

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    “This case is, at its core, about the right of Marylanders, residents of the District of Columbia and all Americans to have honest government,” Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said, referring to parts of the Constitution known as the “emoluments” clauses, which prohibit U.S. officials from taking gifts or other benefits from foreign governments. “The emoluments clauses command that . . . the president put the country first and not his own personal interest first.”
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    Trump sued over foreign payments by attorneys general

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40250700

    Even in a best-case scenario for the president, this represents the latest in a growing list of legal headaches.
    Yes, yes it does.
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    Trump/Russia Timeline: http://billmoyers.com/story/trump-russia-timeline/

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    Third Emoluments Clause lawsuit filed:

    On Wednesday, nearly 200 congressional Democrats announced they would file suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia arguing that Trump is required to obtain congressional approval before accepting any gifts or compensation. “Because (the President) has not sought congressional consent before accepting these foreign emoluments, nor provided information about them to Congress, [Congress is] unable to exercise their constitutional prerogative to authorize or reject the specific emoluments he is accepting,” the complaint said.
    http://www.abajournal.com/news/artic...uphill_battle/
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-us...-idUSKBN1961QW
    https://www.theatlantic.com/business...tinued/530466/
    FACT: Only 19.41% of total US Citizens made the effort to place their vote for Trump, and he won. GET OUT AND VOTE!

    Trump/Russia Timeline: http://billmoyers.com/story/trump-russia-timeline/