As scandals continue to pile up and the impeachment inquiry escalates the Trump administration’s mask of propriety—poorly constructed and unconvincing to begin with—has slipped off completely, revealing a gleefully kleptocratic mafia where the First Family should be. Today one of Trump’s most blatant acts of corruption to date was announced, with the news that the G7 summit will be held at the Trump National Doral Miami in Florida.
We are now at the point where it’s no longer enough for the president to simply siphon millions of American tax dollars into his own pockets, he now wants to fleece foreign leaders and the taxpayers footing their travel, lodging, and security bills. It’s an indefensible case of self-dealing. Trump is twisting what should be an important international event into a tawdry moneymaking scheme.
Despite the widespread criticism, the administration intends to move forward with its G7 caper. Now, Fox News’s senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano has weighed in on the controversy and stated that the president has once again violated the constitution. A frequent critic of Trump, the judge remains one of the sole voices of reason at Fox as the rest of the talking heads and hosts have gone all-in on the MAGA movement.
“He has bought himself an enormous headache now with the choice of this. This is about as direct and profound a violation of the Emoluments Clause as one could create,” Napolitano said during an appearance on Neil Cavuto’s show. The Emoluments Clause is a section of the Constitution that bars federal officials from receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments.
Hopefully, this flagrant lawlessness proves to be just more fuel for the impeachment fire. Trump must be removed from office or the rule of law in this country will be irreparably damaged. The United States must make an example out of this criminal administration.
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.