Wednesday, November 23, 2016

TRICKY DON! Trump Says That When It Comes To His Business Dealings: When The President Does It, That Means That It Is Not Illegal

Let's count the ways since Election Day that President-elect Donald Trump has engaged in sketchy business dealings with foreign governments in efforts to either curry favor or perhaps bully them into doing lucrative favors for his businesses...

• Trump has encouraged foreign diplomats to stay at his hotels when they meet with him either in New York or in Washington D.C.

• Trump has pressed UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage at Trump Tower to oppose a wind farm that could block the view from his golf course, 

• Trump has met with Indian businessmen about building a Trump branded luxury apartment complex near Mumbai. 

• Trump had his daughter Ivanka, who has no government security clearance and will be taking over much of the management of his business sit in on meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe 

• Trump has asked Argentine head of state President Mauricio Macri to “authorize a building he’s constructing in Buenos Aires.” Ivanka was on the conference call with them as well.

I ask only if you could imagine the panels that would have been convened, the investigations that would have been undertaken and the hours of coverage Fox News would have dedicated to these meetings if Hillary Clinton had been involved.

But that is not the world we live in so when Trump was confronted with what can only be described as lapses in judgement he took to Twitter, of course, first blame the media...

And then claimed that since he is now the president it's all legal. Here is what Trump said in an interview with the New York Times on the subject as reported my Maggie Haberman...

Note that claiming that when the President does it that means it is not illegal is the exact defense offered by President Richard Nixon who, as we all know was impeached and resigned from office in disgrace.

Here's the problem for old Donald. The Constitution is not on his side as it includes a provision intended to prevent exactly what he is engaging in. Under the Constitution’s "Emoluments Clause"...

no person holding any office of profit or trust under” the United States “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.

Thus, for example, Trump cannot communicate to foreign diplomats that they can garner favor with him by patronizing his businesses, or seek special regulatory exemptions for his business ventures from foreign leaders.

Since Trump is technically not President yet his recent sleazy business activities are not yet bound by these rules so he'll slither on this set of offensive actions.

But don't for a second think Trump doesn't know exactly how large a gold mine he is sitting on right now. During the aforementioned Haberman NYT interview he exclaimed that his D.C. hotel (the one where his company encourages foreign diplomats to stay) is...

probably a more valuable asset than it was before,” because his brand is “hotter.

This imbecile should be impeached before his ass hits the chair in the Oval Office... but I'm not holding out any hope that America will sober up from the mickey this slime-ball slipped in our drink on election night.

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