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Donald Trump being sued for ethics violations

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Second Nexus: Top Ethics Lawyers Take Trump to Court Citing Constitutional Violations

    The legal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a federal lawsuit in the Southern District of New York at 9 AM today accusing President Donald Trump of violating the Constitution by allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments. Under the constitutional provision, “no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, 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.”

    It is hard to know where to begin when going down the list of conflicts that are in direct violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. The easiest target is his Washington D.C. hotel but his numerous other holdings overseas are also subject to conflicts of interest. He has not divested himself of his many complicted assets...only turned over directorships to his sons. But even that relinquishment of operation to his sons has not apparently yet been implemented as there are several reports by the relevant agencies that no paper work has yet been filed.

    It may just be another con. He is still profiting 100 percent from all of his assets. Nothing has changed.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Yes Schmidt, as I said many times, the guy is an con-man. No vetting at all, no tax returns, still gets all his money and still is in receiving money from all over the place even if his sons are in charge? without proper blind trust "paperwork" . He even gets money from his series "the Apprentice" . When are they going to wake up in this country??????????? ever????????????

    Just getting him in court means nothing even if he's guilty, what are they going to do? Give him an "fine" which he will pay from our tax money? Laughable at least. Only impeachment will work now.

    Schmidt, I'm amazed that you stay so "cool" under all of this; I'm just about exploding.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    facebook.com/zondagmetlubach/videos/125.../

    Watch the video (with the windmills); it has translation under it; that is how the Dutch see this idiot.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    I've been following two of the main individuals who filed the lawsuit for awhile now and they are extremely smart people who have built a very solid case. It doesn't hurt that they are from opposite sides of the aisle and both were top ethics lawyers for the White House during the Bush and Obama Presidencies.

    I'm a big fan of "Fresh Air" hosted by Terry Gross and she recently interviewed the two men - Norm Eisen (D) and Richard Painter (R) concerning Trump's conflicts of interests and the Emoluments Clause. They were able to explain exactly what the clause means and how Trump is now in violation of it.

    It's about a 50 minute interview and I highly suggest it to anyone who wants to learn more about two of the people who just filed the lawsuit.

    Listen to the full interview

    Read the full interview

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Jared, very interesting and thanks for posting this. However since Trump is used to undercut just about any law as an "mafia" educated person, I fear that he will make sure that any litigation goes on forever. The only hope I have is that he makes an huge misstep in something or ................?. Until now he "walks" right over us and laughs at our weakness.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Thanks Dutch for the video. It was entertaining and perfect satire.

    Also, thanks Jared for the interview video and article. We are understanding more and more about the Emolument Clause, but today when reporters asked Trump about it, he dismissed the question in two words: "Without merit".

    The issue of "standing" in the lawsuit does not seem to be a concern for the plaintiffs. I just am surprised that this isn't front page headlines. Instead we're debating crowd size at the inauguration...another in the many distractions that divert from the more important issues at hand.