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Friday, January 20, 2017

Emolument has not been litigated


Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin is pursuing the charge of violation of the "Emolument Clause" against Donald Trump for his apparent continued conflicts of interest. The Ethics office is equally concerned, but not so President-elect Trump.

He is a rule-bender from way back.

"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." 
http://www.heritage.org/constitution/#!/articles/1/essays/68/emoluments-clause

Obtaining and presenting evidence of conflicts of interest can start with information that is a matter of public record. However, some information that is on the record has not been made public. That is the information in business records and IRS filings. That would require purposeful investigation by the IRS to vet the soon-to-be incumbent.

Trump has put off coming clean with his records, so now, the legal process will encumber him. One congressman alone can start the process, but it will take an army of lawyers to drive the charges forward to litigation.


The Heritage Foundation


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