Fmr Ethics Czar: Trump Holdings Likely Violate Constitution
A member of a team of bipartisan lawyers have been warning President Trump that his remaining connections to his family's company's large amount of real estate and other holdings may be in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
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 of U.S. Constitution
Norman Eisen, a former ambassador to the Czech Republic and Obama ethics czar, said that the Trump Organization's businesses that are patronized by foreign governments are possibly in violation of that clause.
Eisen said he has no personal animus against Trump, but said it is likely a Constitutional violation for foreign officials to stay at Trump hotels.
We're trying to help the president comply with the Constitution, Eisen said, praising Secretary of State Nominee Rex Tillerson for his legal maneuvers in separating himself from ExxonMobil.
Eisen also noted that a large Chinese bank is a tenant of Trump's at his namesake Fifth Avenue skyscraper.
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