Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) explained that Trump is not allowed to take any money from the taxpayers beyond his salary, which means that every time taxpayers spend money at one of his properties, Trump is breaking the law.
Every time Trump takes taxpayer money at one of his properties, he is violating the Constitution. pic.twitter.com/AS7eGM9fkh
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) September 19, 2019
Rep. Raskin said on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes:
There’s a very clear legal principle that comes right out of the Constitution which governs all this. The president is limited to his salary in office. It can neither be increased nor decreased by Congress, and he can receive no additional compensation from the U.S. Government, from the taxpayers. Every time the taxpayers heat up for another weekend it costs about 75 or $100,000 at Mar-a-Lago for the Secret Service or department or White House officials or every time this money flows to Scotland for this military stopover and all the other properties that we’re just learning about now, that is a violation of the Constitution. No other president in the history of the United States has come close to doing what this president is doing in terms of turning the presidency into an instrument of self-enrichment.
The legal point is clear, whether or not the president is commanding them to go stay at all the resorts and hotels and commanding the military planes to stop there or he’s trying everything in this power to stop it, it doesn’t make any difference. He can’t receive the money. He can’t take it.
It doesn’t matter if Trump knows about what is going on, or if he is directing it. The president can’t legally take the money. Every penny that Trump takes from taxpayers above his salary could be considered an impeachable offense. The corruption is systemic, and it isn’t likely to stop until Donald Trump has been removed from office.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and 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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