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Did Trump Just Committed An Impeachable Offense? Take a Look

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Did Trump Just Committed An Impeachable Offense? Take a Look

For months, government ethics groups have been sounding the alarm about the unprecedented conflict of interest facing President-elect Donald Trump. Now  President-elect Donald Trump has been accused of using his position to do business with a foreign government — something the U.S. Constitution prohibits.

For months, government ethics groups have been sounding the alarm about the unprecedented conflict of interest facing President-elect Donald Trump. Now, as the Electoral College confirms his victory, Trump is being accused of using his position to do business with a foreign government — something the U.S. Constitution prohibits.

According to ThinkProgress, the Trump Organization being accused of applying pressure to the government of Kuwait to hold an official state event at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.

If the Trump Organization did, in fact, use the President-elect’s position and influence to secure payments from a foreign government, top ethics lawyers for the Bush and Obama administrations both agree it would be a violation of the Emoluments Clause outlined in Article 1, Section 9 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.”

“The founders did not want any foreign payments to the president. Period,” said Norman Eisen, chief ethics counsel to President Obama, told ThinkProgress.

The magazine’s Editor-in-chief Judd Legum and political reporter Kira Lerner cite a source familiar with the case saying that due to political pressure, Kuwait was forced to cancel its reservation with the Four Seasons Hotel in DC’s Georgetown neighborhood to sign a contract with Trump’s hotel for its National Day celebration.

ThinkProgress verified the source’s claims by looking at documentary evidence the source provided, though the documents referenced haven’t been posted to their site as of this writing. The source also said officials within the Kuwaiti embassy described the reason for the switch as “political.”

The alleged arrangement between Kuwait and the Trump International Hotel is just the latest of several instances of the Trump International Hotel lobbying foreign diplomats to host official events at its facilities.

Last month, Political Dig cited a Washington Post report about 100 foreign diplomats gathering at Donald Trump’s hotel in Washington, DC “in order to ingratiate themselves to the incoming president.”

JRichard Painter, a University of Minnesota law professor who previously served as chief ethics counsel to President George W. Bush told ThinkProgress  in an email that “Trump’s efforts to do business with these diplomats is at odds with a provision of the Constitution intended to prevent foreign states from effectively buying influence with federal officials.”

The diplomats’ efforts in seeking Trump’s favor by staying in his hotel “looks like a gift,” Painter said, according to ThinkProgress.

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