Thursday, January 26, 2017

Trumps Potential Conflicts #EmolumentsClause

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"No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And 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."

Article I, Section 9, Clause 8

The writers of the Constitution were clearly students of history. They understood that one possible failure of republics was corruption our of elected leaders. With corruption on the rise, is it naive to believe the Constitution will be upheld in this instance?

Headline: Inside Trump's holdings: A web of potential conflicts

When he took the oath of office Friday, President Donald Trump carried with him a massive web of potential conflicts of interest not seen in modern American history.

The president's ethical quandary is the result of his refusal to divest himself of a sprawling network of more than 500 properties that he has amassed in more than three decades as a celebrity entrepreneur.

That conflict is at the center of a lawsuit, filed in federal court on Monday, by a group of lawyers who say Trump's business interests put him in violation of the Constitution by receiving payments from foreign governments.


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