Bigmouth strikes again.
Imagine just how much smoother Donald Trump’s presidency could have run if he had just learned how to shut up.
No bragging and making outlandish claims at campaign rallies. No “fine people on both sides.” No exclamations of “Fake News!” No “Witch hunt.” No “Lock her up.” No “stable genius.”
Sounds like a virtual paradise compared to the past two and a half years.
Now, even Donald Trump himself wishes for once that he had kept his mouth shut after the news that the House Judiciary Committee will take up yet another investigation of his administration, bringing the number of open inquiries to unofficially too many to count.
Politico reported today that the committee — led by Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) — will be looking into the president’s efforts to host the next G-7 summit meeting at his Trump National Doral golf resort in Miami, Florida, denouncing the move as “only the latest in a troubling pattern of corruption and self-dealing” by Trump and vowing to include it as part of their impeachment investigation.
Nadler and Congressman Steve Cohen — the chairman of the committee’s Constitution sub-committee — issued a statement today saying that choosing a property owned by the president and his family business could violate both the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments clauses in the Constitution, which prohibit presidents from receiving outside gifts.
“More importantly, the Doral decision reflects perhaps the first publicly known instance in which foreign governments would be required to pay President Trump’s private businesses in order to conduct business with the United States,” the two Democratic representatives said while pledging to hold a hearing on the matter next month.
Both Nadler and Cohen insist that Trump’s remarks after the past weekend’s G-7 summit in Biarritz, France prove that his “personal financial interests are clearly shaping decisions about official U.S. government activities.”
“This is precisely the type of risk that the Constitution’s Emoluments Clauses were intended to prevent,” they emphasized.
The vow by the Judiciary Committee luminaries could be the reason why the White House — which had already touted the Doral as the choice for the United States location for the summit, the hosting of which rotates among the member nations, in a — has begun to walk back the designation of the money-losing Trump Organization property as the final choice for next year’s summit, as CNN is reporting.
Or maybe it’s the bedbugs.
Either way, Trump could have avoided the entire brouhaha just by keeping his big mouth shut. One can dream anyway.
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Original reporting by Caitlin Oprysko at Politico.
Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.