Judge Nap: 'President' Trump's Business Dealings Political, Not Legal Problem
During the campaign season and after Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States, questions have arisen as to how the New York mogul should handle his worldwide business empire.
The president-elect owns numerous hotels, golf courses and other properties that could pose potential conflicts of interest, critics have said.
Judge Andrew Napolitano said Trump's businesses pose a political problem for him, rather than a legal one.
"None of the rules that govern everyone else govern him," Napolitano said, explaining that the president and vice president are exempt from relevant laws that our governors and legislators are subject to.
While Trump cannot accept payments in a quid pro quo manner as president, he can manage his properties in a way that "may appear unlawful" without breaking ethics laws.
Napolitano noted a recent case involving a call Trump made as a politician to the president of Argentina, during which he also apparently mentioned his permit application for a property inside the country.
He said such a situation would be legal for him to participate in as president, as it was while president-elect.
Trump has said he will bestow business-related responsibilities on his three eldest children, Donald Junior, Ivanka and Eric.
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