The first concrete proof of a Trump impeachable offense has been found as documents show a government agency using taxpayer money to pay Trump to stay at one of his properties.
According to a statement from the group Property of the People provided to PoliticusUSA:
The White House National Security Council (NSC) paid over $1,000 for an unidentified guest to stay two nights at Donald Trump’s luxury resort Mar-a-Lago, according to an invoice obtained by transparency group Property of the People via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. This payment, made with a U.S. government charge card, constitutes the first documented violation by President Trump of the Constitution’s Domestic Emoluments Clause. President Trump owns 99.99% of Mar-a-Lago, LLC directly, and the company’s profits are held in a revocable trust from which Trump may withdraw funds without restriction.
This and related documents were recently obtained via a FOIA request submitted by Property of the People as part of the organization’s Trump administration-specific transparency project, Operation 45.
The NSC invoice is the strongest evidence uncovered to date that Trump’s refusal to divest from his business empire has resulted in Trump’s violation of the Constitution’s anti-corruption Domestic Emoluments Clause. This provision prohibits the President from receiving emoluments (profitable payments, benefits, or advantages) paid by federal or state governments, beyond the salary approved by Congress.
The documents can be read here.
Trump had invited and welcomed this conflict and corruption by refusing to divest himself of his business interests when he became president. As president, Trump is actively lining his own pockets with taxpayer dollars. Calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions or the Republican-controlled Congress to investigate this blatant corruption is a waste of time. The lawsuits against Trump for Emoluments Clause violations are a good first step, but the real action will start if Democrats take back the House.
There is an almost ready-made case for Trump impeachment being laid out, and if Democrats take back Congress, there are going to be investigations into Trump’s conflicts of interest on numerous fronts. The impeachment party is just getting started.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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