WASHINGTON, DC — September 12, 2019 — Congressman Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is helping to lead the charge on a resolution condemning President Trump’s violations of the emoluments clause in the Constitution.
The resolution, cosponsored by 143 House Democrats, rejects President Trump’s blatant and ongoing acceptance of foreign government payments without the consent of Congress in violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause. It calls on President Trump to immediately cease taking foreign government payments without Congressional consent, to provide a clear accounting of past foreign government payments, and to surrender all such monetary payments he has received to the U.S. Treasury with interest.
“This lawless Administration continues to thumb its nose at Congress, the Constitution, and the American people. It must be held accountable for its Constitutional violations,” Engel said. “The President and his family are profiting from the office he holds and they’re not shy about it. Foreign entities know they can curry favor with this Administration just by booking a room at a Trump property. How can we expect the best interests of the American people are being met when the presidency is for sale to foreign interests, and in such a blatant manner?
“We’ve had enough. I swore to uphold the Constitution and that’s what I’m doing by helping to bring this resolution forward. Every payment to this President from a foreign government must be reviewed by Congress and any money made needs to be returned to the American people. I have also directed my staff to urge foreign government representatives to avoid staying or holding events at Trump hotels or properties as they may be contributing to violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause. I would hope foreign governments respect this process while the matter remains before United States federal courts.”
Background: Because President Trump refused to divest himself from his wide-ranging business interests, he has continued to profit from extensive foreign government payments to his hotels, resorts and office towers as well as foreign government financial and regulatory benefits to his overseas projects. All of these payments are prohibited under the Constitution unless the President first seeks and obtains permission from Congress. The Foreign Emoluments Clause – Article I, Section 9, clause 8 of the United States Constitution – commands that “no person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States] shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
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SOURCE: Bryant Daniels | Communications & Deputy District Director | Congressman Eliot L. Engel.