Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Trump's Expanding Legal Problems
The non-profit watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has amended its lawsuit against narcissist and ethics-flouting Donald "Rump" Trump for violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. The amended suit adds new plaintiffs, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, Inc. and Jill Phaneuf, a Washington, DC hospitality event booker, who are claiming that they've lost business to Rump's hotel in Washington, which has drawn foreign dignitaries and businessmen who are seeking influence with Rump. The Emoluments Clause prohibits Federal officials from receiving gifts and emoluments (i.e., a salary, fee or profit) form foreign entities. By staying in Rump's hotel, the foreign officials and businessmen are directly contributing to Rump's family business.
In addition, the lawsuit cites China's granting of trademark rights to Rump immediately after he announced support of the "One China" policy, in an apparent quid pro quo that will have a positive impact on his commercial interests in China.
The "me-first" corruption of the orange shitgibbon is out in full view, but he's banking on brazening it out as he has done with countless lawsuits in his past. He knows his cult following is with him to the bitter end, and that Congress fears his cult at the ballot box. It's up to the courts to bring him to heel.