Donald Trump's gross violations of the domestic and foreign emoluments clauses of the U.S. Constitution are now so in-your-face that for Congress members to continue avoiding impeachment will mean the clear sanctioning of virtually limitless corruption.
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Literally since day one, inauguration day 2017, we have made the case for impeachment on the grounds of emoluments. An emolument is typically a financial benefit, and the domestic emoluments clause (Article II, Section 1) forbids the president receiving any emoluments from the U.S. government or any state government. This ban is absolute, not waivable by Congress, and not subject to proving any particular corrupting influence.
President Trump's lease of the Old Post Office Building in Washington D.C. violates the General Services Administration lease contract which states: "No … elected official of the Government of the United States … shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom." The GSA's failure to enforce that contract constitutes an emolument. We said that a year and a half ago. But here's the latest.:
The GSA has given Trump's business a half million dollars for "security, utilities and janitorial services" to support tours of the building's clock tower run by the National Park Service, and has been unable to explain how the amount was calculated. Some news outlets have noticed. Has Congress?
And a U.S. district court is proceeding with a case brought against Trump by Washington D.C. and the state of Maryland for violating the emoluments clause. Sadly, a court case over an impeachable offense cannot possibly do what's needed: impeachment and removal from office.
Email your Representative now and demand that they represent you on this.
Trump's violations of the foreign emoluments clause (Article I, Section 9) are growing ever more blatant as well. The Trump International Hotel in Manhattan saw increased revenue this past spring thanks to a visit by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, or rather by a portion of his entourage. One thing that the DC/Maryland lawsuit could do is produce a longer list of Trump's foreign government customers.
You know what else would produce that list of foreign government customers?
An impeachment hearing. And Trump's refusal to produce that list would constitute a quintessentially and Nixonian impeachable offense.
Enough is enough. The corruption is shameless and far from harmless. The biggest human catastrophe on earth right now is the crisis in Yemen created by a Saudi-U.S. war. Saudi Arabia this week kicked out its ambassador from Canada for objecting to Saudi human rights abuses. The United States has no such objections, but does have a president raking in money from Saudi's royal family.
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