Donald Trump held a “reelection” fundraiser at his own Trump International Hotel in Washington DC last night, in clear violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. Although the Republican majority in Congress is refusing to do anything about it, various legal efforts are underway in the Judicial Branch to force a court intervention. One of the leaders of those legal efforts took aim at Trump last night over his illegal hotel shenanigans.
Norm Eisen is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, and he’s also the Chair of the “CREW” group of legal experts who are suing Donald Trump over his violations of the Emoluments Clause. Eisen posted the following after Trump’s hotel fundraiser: “Trump Hotel fundraiser is illegal. His benefitting from leasing this US property violates the domestic emoluments clause of US Constitution. And the government’s refusal to enforce hotel lease term which prohibits him from operating hotel ALSO makes 2nite an illegal emolument.”
Eisen continued: “So anytime he profits from the hotel, as he is doing tonight, he is violating the domestic emoluments clause. Trump monetizes his office constantly. But tonight a new low: he’s collecting cash from being president, from hotel, &from his party. All in violation of the constitution. Maybe that’s why he yanked the press pool at the last minute? Well WE SEE YOU — in court that is.” (link).
Eisen’s CREW group is mounting one of several legal challenges to Donald Trump’s violations of the Emoluments Clause. The Attorneys General of Washington DC and Maryland have also sued Trump over the matter on behalf of the hotels within their borders that are being harmed by Trump’s cheating ways. And a couple hundred Democrats in Congress recently jointly filed a lawsuit against Trump over the same matter.
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