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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 05:21 AM

Trump hotels exempted from ban on foreign payments under new stance




Trump hotels exempted from ban on foreign payments under new stance

A narrow justice department interpretation of the emoluments clause gives countries leeway to curry favor with the president via commercial deals


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Two attorneys general from the District of Columbia and Maryland have filed lawsuits arguing the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

The Department of Justice has adopted a narrow interpretation of a law meant to bar foreign interests from corrupting federal officials, giving Saudi Arabia, China and other countries leeway to curry favor with Donald Trump via deals with his hotels, condos, trademarks and golf courses, legal and national security experts say.

The so-called foreign emoluments clause was intended to curb presidents and other government officials from accepting gifts and benefits from foreign governments unless Congress consents.

But in a forthcoming article in the Indiana Law Journal, the Washington University Law professor Kathleen Clark reveals justice department filings have recently changed tack. The new interpretation, Clark says, is contained in justice filings responding to recent lawsuits lodged by attorneys generals and members of Congress.


Clark’s article notes that in more than 50 legal opinions over some 150 years justice department lawyers have interpreted the clause in a way that barred any foreign payments or gifts except for ones Congress approved. But filings by the department since June 2017 reveal a new interpretation that “… would permit the president – and all federal officials – to accept unlimited amounts of money from foreign governments, as long as the money comes through commercial transactions with an entity owned by the federal official,” the professor writes..........................


................“This administration gives off every appearance of turning the White House into a giant cash register,” said Mikhail. “ Rather than drawing bright lines between the Trump Organization and the Trump administration they seem intent on blurring those lines.”......................................

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teach1st Apr 15 #1
empedocles Apr 15 #2
Mc Mike Apr 15 #3
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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 06:32 AM

2. Ugly

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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 06:39 AM

3. IOKIYA Repuglinazi 'president'.

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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 07:25 AM

4. I didn't know the DOJ got to interpret the laws passed by Congress. Thought that was

the job of our courts. If this is about the Constututional emoluments clause, then the DOJ has no right to interpret it.

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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:03 AM

5. America First!

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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:23 AM

6. Thanks Bill Barr

Thanks GOP Senators who confirmed Barr
Thanks DOJ political appointees who our party over country

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