Sunlight Foundation: Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government, has been tracking President Trump’s conflicts of interest—and it turns out there are many.

Here are a few highlights so far:

  • President Trump not only failed to set up a true blind trust for his assets, but in the weeks since Election Day and Inauguration has continued to mix the business interests of the Trump Organization with those of the American people, whom he represents. It’s jumped from dozens to hundreds. (Here’s a fun little spreadsheet tracking those issues)
  • There is no way for a President of United States to recuse himself from making domestic or foreign policy decisions which would have an impact upon his business holdings. If the White House does not take action, the potential for the most corrupt administration in history is clear — and it’s bigger than Watergate.
  • The President of the United States is not above the law, as former White House ethics counsels Norm Eisen and Richard Painter explain the serious conflicts of interest, appearance of conflicts, and Emoluments Clause problems that exist. Watch the video below for a full explanation of Trump’s conflicts of interest.

  • “Trump’s trust is not blind. His brand will conflict with his Presidency. His taxes remain secret, despite decades of precedent. The Trump Presidency will be mired in litigation, doubt, scandal, and crisis.”

To read the full analysis and follow the work of the Sunlight Foundation, click here.

Pelham, MA Becomes Eighth City Calling For Impeachment

On Saturday, May 6, the Pelham Town Meeting voted unanimously to call on Congress to begin Impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump.

With this vote, Pelham becomes the eighth city pass an impeachment resolution. Pelham joins Los Angeles, Richmond, Alameda, and Berkeley, CA; Charlotte, VT; and Cambridge, Leverett, MA.

Pelham resident Roy Regozin was the sponsor of this resolution at the Town Meeting and gave a rousing introduction and explanation for the resolution.

“Let me say a few words about why this Resolution is being presented. The emoluments clauses in the United States Constitution, which are quoted in the first two paragraphs of the Resolution, prohibit conflicts of interest in the conduct of foreign affairs and in the conduct of domestic affairs.

Why? Because anyone having a personal interest in a matter cannot be objective about it. His/her interest will influence his judgment consciously or unconsciously. That is why judges have to recuse themselves from cases in which they have an interest – they cannot be objective.

Every member of Congress took an oath to support the Constitution. President Trump, through his business interests that he has refused to divest, appears to have conflicts of interest prohibited by the Constitution. Yet Congress has done nothing.

The Resolution before you calls upon Congress to conduct an investigation to determine whether sufficient grounds exist to impeach President Trump. Put another way, the Resolution urges Congress to do its job.

This is not mere rhetoric. Our Congressman, Jim McGovern, has said that his Republican colleagues have dismissed, as partisan, his calls for action because he is a Democrat. He needs to be able to show that his constituents are demanding action. That is what the Resolution will do, if it is approved.

I am here along with John Bonifaz, the President and Co-Founder of Free Speech For People, a national non-partisan, non-profit organization that works to renew our democracy and our Constitution for the people. Free Speech For People is co-leading, with RootsAction, the national campaign calling for this impeachment investigation. Seven communities in the nation have already passed this Resolution: Los Angeles, Richmond, Alameda, and Berkeley, CA; Charlotte, VT; and Cambridge and Leverett, MA.

This is our moment in history. Let’s support the Constitution.”

Read the letter submitted by LA Councilmember Bob Blumenfield to the City Clerk in Support of Our Resolution To Impeach Trump

Today, May 5, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a resolution, calling on Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Trump for violations of the emoluments clause in the Constitution.

City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, of LA’s Third District, introduced the resolution and played a critical role in moving this resolution to a vote. Mr. Blumenfield delivered a thoughtful and detailed argument on the necessity to impeach President Trump for his corruption.

Click here, to read and download the letter submitted by Councilmember Blumenfield before the City Council.




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BREAKING: Los Angeles City Council Calls on Congress to Begin an Impeachment Investigation

Today, we reached another major milestone in our campaign. Los Angeles City Council became the seventh city to pass a resolution calling on Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. With this vote, Los Angeles joins Richmond, Alameda, and Berkeley, CA; Charlotte, VT; and Cambridge and Leverett, MA.

The resolution was recently presented to Councilmember Bob Blumenfield by the West Valley Resistance based on a model resolution drafted by legal counsel at Free Speech For People.

“Mr. Trump has put his own self-interest ahead of the country,” said the West Valley Resistance, a grassroots volunteer-led organization that spearheaded the efforts in presenting the impeachment resolution before the Los Angeles City Council.

“Through his long list of business entanglements with foreign entities, with Russia as the most concerning, Mr. Trump along with his family and his entire administration has consistently used their position to put money in their own pockets by using his properties for government business, as well as using their political influence to promote their own family businesses.”

Today’s vote is a major step forward in our campaign’s effort to hold President Trump accountable for his direct and ongoing violations of the Constitution. We have the momentum—now we need your help to keep pushing this effort forward.

We’ve reached nearly 1 million petition signers and we want you to join our campaign by bringing an Impeachment resolution to your local government.

You can join our campaign, read our proposed Impeachment Resolution, stock up on Impeach Donald Trump Now merchandise, and find resources for how to get started by visiting our website.

Thank you for standing with us!

Los Angeles City Council Will Vote on a Resolution Calling on Congress to Initiate an Impeachment Investigation of Donald J. Trump

Los Angeles City Council Event

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00 am
Los Angeles City Hall
John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340
200 North Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – The City Council of Los Angeles will be considering an IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION on May 5, 2017.  The resolution was presented to Councilmember Bob Blumenfield by theWest Valley Resistance and passed at the Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental Relations, and Neighborhoods Committee meeting on April 28, 2017.  Similar resolutions were passed by Richmond, CA; Alameda, CA; Berkeley, CA; Charlotte, Vermont; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Leverett, Massachusetts.

The WEST VALLEY RESISTANCE is a local grass roots resistance group aligned with the Impeach Donald Trump Now campaign and Indivisible. With the assistance from more than 50 local Indivisible Chapters, such as the Suffragist Sisters, they have taken the lead in urging the City Council to pass a resolution for Congress to support investigation whether President Donald J. Trump has violated the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution, or committed any other high crime or misdemeanor sufficient to warrant commencement of impeachment proceedings.

A number of councilmembers already support the resolution, and local Indivisible and resistance groups from every district are expected to attend the meeting in a show of solidarity against the unprecedented corruption of the White House under President Trump.

Impeach Donald Trump Now is a non-partisan national campaign led by Free Speech for People and []. The campaign recently delivered to Congress a petition calling for the impeachment that contained nearly one million signatures.

To view the LA City Council’s May 5, 2017 Agenda, click here.

To view the proposed LA City Council impeachment resolution, click here.