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Letter: Trump is violating Emoluments Clause

Trump is violating Emoluments Clause

I am writing to express grave concerns about President Trump’s refusal to divest from his company’s business with foreign governments, which likely represents tens or hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

In my view, this refusal places Trump in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which specifies: “No Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

Further, it is my grave fear that Trump’s refusal to divest signifies a deeper willingness to profit from his office, at the expense of the public. We have already seen this from his press secretary, Sean Spicer, who used a press conference to promote Trump’s hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, which undoubtedly led to an increase in bookings and revenues during Trump’s inauguration weekend.

Please join me in urging your Congress members to impeach this man, before his business allegiances in Russia and elsewhere corrupt the executive office and/or he empties our country’s coffers for his own enrichment.

Stacey Bowers

Buffalo

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