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Wed May 24, 2017, 07:42 PM

The Trump Organization Says It's 'Not Practical' to Comply With the Emoluments Clause

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/trumps-company-isnt-tracking-all-the-money-it-gets-from-foreign-governments/527997/


The Trump Organization Says It's 'Not Practical' to Comply With the Emoluments Clause

The president’s business tells lawmakers it is too difficult to track all its foreign revenue in accordance with constitutional requirements, and it hasn’t asked Congress for a permission slip.
Russell Berman 2:33 PM ET Politics


Days before taking office, Donald Trump said his company would donate all profits from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury, part of an effort to avoid even the appearance of a conflict with the Constitution’s emoluments clause.

Now, however, the Trump Organization is telling Congress that determining exactly how much of its profits come from foreign governments is simply more trouble than it’s worth.

In response to a document request from the House Oversight Committee, Trump’s company sent a copy of an eight-page pamphlet detailing how it plans to track payments it receives from foreign governments at the firm’s many hotels, golf courses, and restaurants across the globe. But while the Trump Organization said it would set aside all money it collects from customers that identify themselves as representing a foreign government, it would not undertake a more intensive effort to determine if a payment would violate the Constitution’s prohibition on public office holders accepting an “emolument” from a foreign state.

“To fully and completely identify all patronage at our Properties by customer type is impractical in the service industry and putting forth a policy that requires all guests to identify themselves would impede upon personal privacy and diminish the guest experience of our brand,” the Trump Organization wrote in its policy pamphlet, which the company’s chief compliance officer said had been distributed to general managers and senior officials at all of its properties.

The statement drew an angry response from the top Democrat on the Oversight Committee, Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who said the policy “raised grave concerns about the president’s refusal to comply with the Constitution.” In a letter replying to the company, Cummings said it would be easy for a government like Russia to funnel money to the Trump Organization through unofficial entities, such as RT, its state-run television station. “Those payments would not be tracked in any way and would be hidden from the American public,” the Democrat wrote.

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babylonsister May 2017 OP
spanone May 2017 #1
Thomas Hurt May 2017 #2
malaise May 2017 #3
Mme. Defarge May 2017 #4
Mariana May 2017 #5
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 07:43 PM

1. may they rot in hell

trump knows congress will give him a pass regardless of what the does

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 07:46 PM

2. There you go, bank robbery laws are just not practical....

I don't get to take the money I want...its really a drag.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 07:47 PM

3. Lock them Up

NOW

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 07:48 PM

4. Doesn't that simplify the matter?

Trump and all of his associates quite obviously need to step down from their roles in the Trump administration if they are unable to comply with current law. Problem solved, cases closed.


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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 07:57 PM

5. He seems to have the consent of the Congress.

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 08:12 PM

6. They are above the law. That's what they're saying.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 08:41 PM

7. Integrity is SO inconvenient!

Git OUT of our Government & OUT of our Lives!
Just GIT!!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 09:43 PM

8. Refusal to comply with the Constitution.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 09:53 PM

9. Is anyone else sick of the use of "brand" in today's vocabulary?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu May 25, 2017, 03:08 AM

10. Grrrrrrr!

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