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November 27, 2016 | Constitution Trumps Everyone, Even The Donald

Danielle Park

Portfolio Manager and President of Venable Park Investment Counsel (www.venablepark.com) Ms Park is a financial analyst, attorney, finance author and regular guest on North American media. She is also the author of the best-selling myth-busting book "Juggling Dynamite: An insider's wisdom on money management, markets and wealth that lasts," and a popular daily financial blog: www.jugglingdynamite.com

For lawyers and those who understand the essential paramounce of the Constitution in a democracy, the idea that Trump can be President while his kids run the business under his name is ludicrous.  This principle designed to avoid conflicts of interest, is enshrined in Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution, which bars office holders from accepting “any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”  For obvious reasons this provision was specifically created to prevent the President, most of all, from being corrupted by foreign influences.  This is not a partisan debate or matter of opinion, it’s the law of the land.  See: Electoral College must reject Trump unless he sells his business, top lawyers for Bush and Obama agree:

Members of the Electoral College should not make Donald Trump the next president unless he sells his companies and puts the proceeds in a blind trust, according to the top ethics lawyers for the last two presidents.

Richard Painter, Chief Ethics Counsel for George W. Bush, and Norman Eisen, Chief Ethics Counsel for Barack Obama, believe that if Trump continues to retain ownership over his sprawling business interests by the time the electors meet on December 19, they should reject Trump.

Electors should insist that Trump set up a blind trust as a condition of their vote, Eisen said. “I don’t think the electoral college can vote for someone to become president if he’s going to be in violation of the Constitution on day one and hasn’t assured us he’s not in violation,” Painter said.  Here is a direct video link.

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November 27th, 2016

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