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A freshman Democrat says that it is her “duty and responsibility” to seek President Trump’s impeachment over violations of the US Constitution’s emoluments clause.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) made her most recent statements during a television interview, a much more sedate setting than a few weeks ago when she called for Trump’s impeachment using a crude epithet.
“For me as an attorney, somebody that just took the oath of office and upholding the United States Constitution, it is my duty and responsibility to hold every single person to the rule of law,” Tlaib said. “… And I can tell you, the biggest fear and what makes many of us upset is the fact [Trump] hasn’t divested in any of his domestic or international businesses. Much of the decisions he’s making right now is so much in conflict in what is the best interest of the American people. And this is the emolument clause of the United States it’s in there and very clear because this is not going to be our last CEO, folks.”
The emoluments clause of the Constitution is there to prevent any federal officer–including the president–from accepting gifts or money from any foreign sources. Trump certainly is receiving funds from foreign sources through his Washington DC hotel, located blocks from the White House.
“I mean, America needs to wake up and understand that if we’re going to let this president not provide and be transparent about not only his taxes but the fact he hasn’t completely cut ties with the Trump Organization,” Tlaib said, referring to the name of Trump’s private business.
“We’ve already seen leases entered into between the White House and the Trump Organization. We’ve seen over a thousand illegal contacts from Saudi Arabian governments and a number of other entities with the Trump Organization,” the Democrat says. “That alone is so dangerous and threatens our democracy in this country.”
Tlaib made her remarks during a segment on MSNBC.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior congressional Democrats have been more circumspect about the prospect of impeaching Trump.
They are afraid Trump could turn impeachment to his political benefit, much in the way President Bill Clinton accomplished after his impeachment for the Monica Lewinsky affair.