A new bill put forward by a group Senate Democrats Thursday would make it an impeachable offense for Donald Trump to not place his business holdings in a blind trust while serving as president.
In a press release, the Senators– Massachusetts’s Elizabeth Warren, Maryland’s Ben Cardin, Delaware’s Chris Coons, Illinois’s Dick Durbin, and Oregon’s Jeff Merkley— announced that they plan to “introduce a bill in January that would require the President and Vice President to disclose and divest any potential financial conflicts of interest.”
The senators believe that Trump could potentially fall afoul of the Constitution’s Enoluments Clause, which bans the president from “accept[ing] any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, price, or foreign state.” According to a fact sheet put out by the Senators, “Experts have concluded that ‘corporations owned or controlled by a foreign government are presumptively foreign states under the Emoluments Clause.”
The bill would also make it Congress’s stance that “the President’s violation of financial conflicts of interest laws or the ethics requirements that apply to executive branch employees constitute a high crime or misdemeanor under the impeachment clause of the U.S. Constitution,” per the same fact sheet.
The Democrats in question face an uphill battle: the bill would need the backing of over twenty Senate Republicans and over ninety House Republicans to overcome a likely Trump veto.
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