Esquire: The President Is Tap Dancing on the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution

An article in Esquire reminds us that Trump continues to violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution through his failure to divest from his businesses receiving benefits from negotiations with foreign governments.

Trump has been in violation of the Constitution since the day he took office, and his defiance of the Emoluments Clause constitutes an impeachable offense.

As the article describes:

Over the weekend, you may recall, the president* leaped onto the electric Twitter machine to announce that the United States would be helping Chinese communications giant ZTE find relief from his own trade policies. Casual observers noted that the Trump Organization is involved in a huge project in Indonesia—golf courses, resorts, etc.—that is backed with $500 million from China. This came up at the Monday briefing, as did the obvious fact that the project pretty much does yet another tap-dance on the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

 When questioned about the project, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah was unable to provide any information, stating “I’ll have to refer you to the Trump Organization.”

Read the full article here in Esquire.

Trump Continues Abuse of Power with Pardon of Dinesh D’Souza

Trump announced today that he would offer a full pardon to Dinesh D’Souza, author and filmmaker. D’Souza was indicted in 2012 on charges that he violated campaign finance laws through the illegal use of straw donors, who contributed $20,000 to a candidate for New York Senate, which D’Souza then reimbursed. D’Souza pled guilty to the money laundering scheme and was sentenced to five years of probation and received a $30,000 fine for his violation of federal candidate contribution limits.

Much like Trump’s pardon of former Sherriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted for criminal contempt, this pardon is an impeachable offense and a blatant abuse of power. Trump continues to undermine the foundation of our democracy by providing immunity in exchange for personal loyalty.

Click here to read more in the Washington Post.

President Trump is Not “Above the Law”: John Bonifaz to Democracy Now!

On Tuesday, May 22, Free Speech For People President John Bonifaz appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss the latest updates in the campaign to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

In the interview, John describes Trump’s many impeachable actions and describes how we cannot normalize these impeachable offenses. As he explains:

… If we do not act with respect to this president and the magnitude of impeachable offenses that grows by the day, then we are setting ourselves up for a very dangerous precedent where we treat a president of the United States as being above the law. And that is a road down toward authoritarianism that we cannot take

Watch the video below, and read the full transcript of the interview here.

One Year Anniversary of the Comey Firing

One year ago today, Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in response to his investigation of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. The firing of Comey was an obstruction of justice, and therefore an impeachable offense. In response to Comey’s firing, on May 15, 2017, Congressman Al Green introduced Articles of Impeachment, calling on Congress to begin impeachment proceedings. Watch the video of Congressman Green introducing Articles of Impeachment on the House floor and read more about it at our blog here.

One year later we are fighting to hold Donald Trump accountable and to preserve our democracy. Following the firing of Comey, we added Trump’s obstruction of justice to a long list of impeachable offenses.

As Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation into potential coordination, it is crucial that the Department of Justice is shielded from White House influence. But we also cannot wait for Mueller’s investigation. We must act now.

We must continue this push for impeachment to preserve our democracy. Sign the petition to impeach Donald Trump Now.

MSNBC: “Is the business of the President enriching the President’s business?”

In a segment of the 11th Hour with Brian Williams, aired on April 18, 2018, the profits to Trump’s businesses, as a result of his presidency, are explored. Per MSNBC:

“President Trump has taken to calling Mar-a-Lago the “southern White House” and has been vocal about talking it up during his summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Is the business of the president enriching the president’s business?”

The campaign to Impeach Donald Trump Now was launched because, from the moment he took office, Trump’s refusal to divest from his business interests has placed him in direct violation of the US Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause and Domestic Emoluments Clause, which forbid the President from profiting from the office. The Clauses are also in place to prevent conflicts of interests which may influence the decision making of the President and impact his ability to serve the American people, as the oath of office requires.

Click here to watch the full segment on MSNBC.