A suit filed today in Federal court in New York City charges that con-man-in-chief and fraudster Donald "Rump" Trump is in violation of the foreign emoluments clause of the Constitution. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is made up of prominent ethics and Constitutional lawyers who believe that by Rump's properties accepting payments from foreign governments -- including his hotels and other properties -- he is in violation of the Constitution, which he swore to uphold just three days ago. More from Reuters:
"According to the complaint, that means payments by foreign governments for such things as leases at Trump Tower in New York, stays at Trump's hotels, rounds at Trump's golf courses, and the rights to rebroadcast or create their own versions of Trump's reality TV show 'The Apprentice' are illegal."...even the most virtuous leaders..." Bwahaha. We know from his lifetime of cheating his contractors and investors, his business bankruptcies, his shady business dealings overseas ("Я не буду выпускать свои налоги!"*) and so on, Rump's the opposite of "virtuous." And as far as a "creeping, insidious threat to the Republic," we're going to see just how far Rump will take us into his authoritarian kleptocracy. This court case will be the first big test of our how our democratic institutions respond to his threat to them.
The lawsuit said the Constitution's framers intended to ban such payments, believing that 'private financial interests can subtly sway even the most virtuous leaders, and entanglements between American officials and foreign powers could pose a creeping, insidious threat to the Republic.'"
* "I will not release my taxes!"