Trump’s Conflicts Of Interest May Violate The Constitution And Lead To His Impeachment

Donald Trump’s business empire extends around the globe, which could endanger his presidency, according to refinery29.com.

The website reported that Trump recently told The New York Times: “As far as the, you know, potential conflict of interests, though, I mean I know that from the standpoint, the law is totally on my side, meaning, the president can’t have a conflict of interest. That’s been reported very widely.”

However, the new president must deal with the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which prevents the commander-in-chief from receiving expensive gifts from the leaders of other nations without congressional approval. If Trump violates the clause, he could face impeachment.

As a real-estate developer, he has worked with a number of foreign officials. His business partnerships extend from Russia to India to China, according to the Times. Trump owns a hotel in Washington, D.C., where representatives of other countries often stay while lobbying the presidential administration. Refinery29.com pointed out that charging the diplomats a lower rate than other guests pay would violate the emoluments clause. That is because the difference in the two rates would amount to accepting money from a foreign entity.

In addition, the president-elect owns the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, inside Trump Tower in New York City. The Chinese government runs the bank, which could present a major conflict of interest for Trump’s foreign policy.

Source: Refinery 29
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