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A small consortium of government watchdog and ethics groups formally submitted a letter on Wednesday asking United States Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York to open a formal investigation into The Trump Organization to ensure it is not acting as an essential conduit through which President Trump maybe be financially benefitting from foreign governments in violation of the Constitution’s “Emoluments Clause.”
Democracy 21, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the Campaign Legal Center (collectively the “Ethics Groups”) signed the joint letter sent to Bharara’s office on Wednesday. LawNewz obtained a copy of the letter and spoke briefly with Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer.
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Wertheimer said there “is a powerful record that President Trump is receiving benefits that do not comply with the Emoluments Clause” and that it is “now incumbent on Bharara to conduct an investigation of The Trump Organization and to take appropriate steps to prevent the organization from serving as a vehicle for President Donald Trump to receive benefits from foreign governments that violate the Emoluments Clause.”
He added, “The focus of our request for an investigation and action regarding The Trump Organization and preventing it from receiving and passing on to Trump (as owner) benefits from foreign countries that violate the Emoluments Clause.”
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As LawNewz‘s own Rachel Stockman previously explained in depth, the Emoluments Clause essentially means that federal officials are prohibited from accepting gifts from foreign governments “without the consent of the United States Congress.” As her article explains, there is no real clear accepted legal reasoning or opinion about how the Emoluments Clause applies, or if it even covers the president.
However, the Ethics Groups believe it clearly...
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