This is big news! 196 congressional Democrats filed a lawsuit to hold Trump accountable to the Constitution.
Your Congressperson, Rep. Eshoo, joined the suit. In the Senate, Sen. Feinstein hasn’t joined the suit and Sen. Harris joined.
This is history in the making. Never before has so many Congress members filed a lawsuit against a sitting president.1 And with good reason – we’ve never had a president who has taken foreign money in the form of profits from their business enterprise.
The Constitution specifically bans public officials – including the president – from accepting payments or gifts from foreign governments without consent from Congress.
Trump still owns hotels all across the world, and his business empire presents a golden opportunity for foreign governments to funnel money directly into Trump’s pockets. This isn’t nitpicky legalese; the Emoluments Clause is a core anti-corruption measure written into the Constitution to protect the president and other officials from being unduly influenced by foreign countries.
Trump, being influenced by a foreign power, where have we heard that before?
Even former President Jimmy Carter sold his peanut farm. By not divesting himself from his business empire, and letting foreign governments grease his palms with payments to the Trump Organization, Donald Trump is violating the Constitution. Now Democrats are holding him accountable.
Reuben and the team at Rootstrikers, a project of Demand Progress
- Constitutional Accountability Center “Trump and the Foreign Emoluments Clause” June 14, 2017