emoluments and bribery

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Jason Easley delves into Trump's $500 million emoluments problem:

The White House had no answer when asked about $500 million in funding that the Trump Organization is getting from the Chinese government for a project in Indonesia and couldn't explain how this is not an Emoluments Clause violation.

Here's the question:

Q: The Trump Organization is involved in a project in Indonesia building hotels, golf course, residences. It is getting up to $500 million in backing from the Chinese government. Can you tell -- or explain the administration's perspective on, a, how this wouldn't violate the emoluments clause, and, B, how it wouldn't violate the president's own promise that his private organization would not be getting involved in new foreign deals while he was president?

Here's the rest of the exchange:

Raj Shah: I'll have to refer you to the Trump Organization.

Q: No. But I mean the trump organization can't speak on behalf of the president as the president, the head of the federal government, the one who is responsible, who needs to assure the American people.

Shah: You're asking about a private organization's dealings that may have to do with a foreign government. That's not something that I can speak to.

"Donald Trump never divested himself from the Trump Organization," Easley reminds us:

It is not a coincidence that Trump wants to help Chinese telecom ZTE that was sanctioned for dealing with Iran after the Chinese government gave the Trump Organization $500 million. The Chinese bought their way out of crippling sanctions. Trump isn't just corrupt. He's criminal, and reporters to call out this corruption each day during the White House briefing. Reporters may not get answers, but they need to open the eyes of the American people to what is the real motivation behind this administration's decisions.

Speaking of Trump's offenses, we should add felony bribery to the list, writes Samuel Warde:

The issue at hand involve an inexplicable tweet posted by Trump on Sunday announcing that he was going to roll back his administration's own sanctions on Chinese telecom company ZTE.
President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!

-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2018

Warde writes that "there is reason to belief that China bribed Trump," and Richard Painter, ethics attorney for W, agreed:

This is bribery. The Constitution expressly provides that bribery is an impeachable offense. If the House and Senate don't act now they must be voted out in November. Americans are fed up!https://t.co/DAnJhq7DoQ via @HuffPostPol

-- Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) May 15, 2018

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