Holding Trump accountable

Senator Jeff Merkley
2017-06-15 19:28:07
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Dear Unity,

When President Trump took office, he refused to explain how, or even if, he was going to separate himself from his businesses. Americans were deeply concerned, and they were right to worry. He has refused to be transparent about his business holdings and has failed to seek Congressional consent before accepting foreign benefits -- in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution.

The anti-corruption Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution says that federal officeholders (including the President) need the consent of Congress before accepting any gift, payment, or benefit given by a foreign government. This includes any payments to hotels and resorts owned by the President, as well as myriad other beneficial "business" dealings like the recent accelerated approvals the Trump Organization received from China for new projects. Trump profits every day from foreign governments, without the consent of Congress.

That is why this week, I joined nearly 200 of my colleagues in Congress to take action to . We filed a lawsuit to compel President Trump to play by the rules and comply with the Emoluments Clause.

 at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse front steps in Portland tomorrow at 1:30 pm PT to send a message loud and clear that no one is above the law -- not even the President.

The American people need confidence and the knowledge that their President is making decisions to benefit them -- not his own business interests. If Trump won’t follow the Constitution and seek Congressional consent for his continued business dealings, we will see him in court.

All my best,
Jeff

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