emoluments evasion

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MediaMatters makes the claim that Trump is violating the Constitution--and it's an impeachable offense:

According to experts, President Donald Trump's continued ownership interest in the Trump Organization means that he is in violation of the U.S. Constitution's Emoluments Clause, which prohibits the president from personally benefiting from actions taken by foreign governments and their agents. Will media hold Trump accountable for this impeachable offense or will they normalize his flagrant violation of the supreme law of the land?

MediaMatters uses a Brookings Institute analysis:

It was authored by legal ethics experts Norman Eisen, a former Obama administration ethics attorney and current chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington; Richard Painter, a former Bush administration ethics attorney and current vice chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington; and Laurence Tribe, a leading expert on constitutional law and professor at Harvard University Law School.

The piece continues:

Painter, Eisen, and Tribe concluded in their report that the Emoluments Clause requires a total divestment in business interests by Trump and his children, with the divestment process conducted by "an independent third party, who can then turn the resulting assets over to a true blind trust."

Despite Trump's announcement that he'll retain ownership in his namesake empire during his presidency, MediaMatters opines that "all is not lost:"

There is one more avenue of influence that could be exerted over the incoming president and his future foreign business partners: Public pressure from public exposure. That's right, folks, the crooked media with its fake news and its rude questions might just be our last, best hope to stop the president from becoming the world's most popular business partner.

I'm skeptical, though--public pressure didn't get him to release his taxes, did it?

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