Sunday, January 22, 2017


by Bob Walsh

Two groups of liberal assholes, Free Speech for People and RootsAction, have teamed together to form ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow. The group is going after Trump, asserting that his continued ownership of his real estate and business is, or at least could become, an "impeachable offense." Their position is based on an allegation that income from foreign visiting dignitaries at his hotels and golf courses could be considered a gift or benefit from a foreign leader or government in violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the U. S. Constitution.

This clause has never been tested in court. In addition both the President and Vice President are specifically exempt from the laws that inhibit (or at least seek to inhibit) some business practices by elected or appointed government officials.

It is highly questionable as to whether or not violation of this clause could be considered a high crime or misdemeanor, which is necessary for impeachment. Trump has already stated that profits to his enterprises from income from foreign heads of state or governments will be donated to the U. S. Treasury.

EDITOR’S NOTE: More notable than these two groups is Jamie Raskin, a freshman congressman from Maryland and a constitutional law and legislation professor at American University in Washington, D.C. Raskin is already preparing Articles of Impeachment charging that Trump is in violation of the Emoluments Clause which says that “no elected official, either member of Congress or the president of the United States, can accept a gift, an emolument or any payment at all from a foreign government.”

Raskin contends that Trump “just simply refuses to accept that reality. So if he goes into office and he refuses to divest himself [of his properties and investments], the moment that the first conflict comes up, that's going to look like an impeachable offense."

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