Known as The Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, I have to admit until Donald Trump was elected President in 2016, I hadn’t a clue as to what an emolument even was. Well, I do now. Once again, the President of the United States is committing crimes in real-time, and every day he adds to the growing, and soon to come articles of impeachment.
Yesterday, from the podium in the press room at the White House, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney informed us that after an exhausting(my sarcastic word) search across the United States, the Trump administration has chosen Trump Doral Resort in Miami, Florida as the location for the G7 Summit in June.
According to Mulvaney, twelve other locations were considered, but none could match the greatness or convenience of The Doral. We weren’t told of what other spots were in the mix, nor did he say what criteria was used. We did hear later on that one of the places didn’t make the cut due to concerns over possible altitude sickness susceptibility.
Folks, he said this with a straight face.
While I took several law classes at Ohio University as part of my curriculum a few years back, I am not a lawyer. I never took the bar exam, and I sometimes have a hard time reading legalese contract language. Who doesn’t, right?
But when I look at the clause of the Constitution above, I can solemnly swear that I am of the utmost certainty that holding the G7 Summit at Trump’s property in Florida is indeed a violation of that clause; thus, the President has committed a crime.
I’m sure that every member of the Republican Party things the same thing. Sigh. Okay, maybe not Senator Marco Rubio of Florida: “Anytime you bring all these foreign leaders from the seven largest economies in the world to Florida, I’m going to be for it,” he said. “And a lot of people are going to benefit from it because there’s no way that the hotel can accommodate the press, staff, and other contingents that follow a summit to town.” Sigh, again.
I guess ‘Little Marco’ still fears the President.
Surprisingly though, I did see where Neil Cavuto and Judge Napolitano, over at Fox News of all places, both agreed that the President violated the Constitution. Hey, you’ve got to give credit where credit is due. Occasionally even Trump TV can’t ignore the obvious crimes committed by this President.
Can we just state the obvious? A President cannot accept cash from foreign governments without the consent of Congress, and the last time I checked, the administration has not asked for that consent. And they never will.
Articles of impeachment are coming ladies and gentlemen. As Congressional Democrats move on with their inquiry, there’s a pretty good chance that this President will continue to defy the Constitution and commit more crimes as he goes along. If not, he’s already done enough to be impeached.
It appears the President has determined that perhaps his days are numbered. If so, why not do everything he can to leave our democracy in tatters? I could be wrong. I don’t think I am.
And if he is displaying a sort of quasi ‘scorched earth policy,’ the only question now becomes, how fast can the Democrats go to get rid of this guy before it’s too late?