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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Emolument suit filed against Trump

Why was the Emolument suit not yet initiated? It takes leadership, and that is provided by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.). There is no question that Trump has conflicts of interest.

Citizen voters, look at the Blumenthal resume. Those are credentials that you should be seeing on a resume for Senator. John Conyers is a Korean War veteran and still serving in Congress at age 88.

Richard Blumenthal
United States Senator
from Connecticut
Assumed office
January 5, 2011
23rd Attorney General of Connecticut
In office
January 9, 1991 – January 5, 2011
Governor    Lowell Weicker
John Rowland
Jodi Rell
Member of the Connecticut Senate
from the 27th district
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1991
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 145th district
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1987
United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut
In office
President    Jimmy Carter
Personal details
Born    February 13, 1946 (age 71)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party    Democratic
Spouse(s)    Cynthia Malkin (1982–present)
Children    4
Education    Harvard University (BA)
Trinity College, Cambridge
Yale University (JD)
Website    Senate website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch     United States Marine Corps
Years of service    1970–1976
Rank    USMC-E5.svg Sergeant
Unit    Marine Forces Reserve insignia (transparent background).png U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

"Democratic members of Congress on Wednesday sued President Trump in federal court, claiming he had violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution by accepting foreign funds through the Trump business without Congressional approval.

The Washington Post broke the news early Wednesday morning, reporting that 196 lawmakers had joined the complaint, more than any lawmakers ever to sign on to sue a president.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) led the filing in federal district court and said Tuesday that while no Republicans had joined the lawsuit, they were welcome to do so.

Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) led the legal effort in the House.

"Trump has conflicts of interest in at least 25 countries, and it appears he’s using his presidency to maximize his profits," Conyers told Reuters Wednesday.

The Post obtained an advanced copy of the complaint, which argues that the "foreign emoluments clause" in the Constitution requires the president to get the "consent of Congress" before accepting gifts. The suit also alleges that the Trump empire gives foreign governments an incentive to give Trump businesses special treatment."

John Conyers
44th Dean of the United States House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Chairman of the House Oversight Committee
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by    Jack Brooks
Succeeded by    William F. Clinger Jr.
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan
Assumed office
January 3, 1965
Constituency    1st district (1965–1993)
14th district (1993–2013)
13th district (2013–present)
Personal details
Born    John James Conyers Jr.
May 16, 1929 (age 88)
Highland Park, Michigan, U.S.
Political party    Democratic
Spouse(s)    Monica Esters (1990–present)
Children    2
Education    Wayne State University (BA, LLB)
Website    House website
Military service
Allegiance     United States
Service/branch     United States Army
Years of service    1948–1950
Unit    Army National Guard
Battles/wars    Korean War

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