Do The Rules Apply To Donald Trump?

Excerpt from: HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

By Eliot Nelson and Jeffrey Young

THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY MAKES A BIGLY RETURN – This is just like when Richard Nixon spent all that time in the White House basement drinking Mountain Dew and day-trading. Paul Blumenthal: “President-elect Donald Trump told The New York Times Tuesday that laws around conflicts of interest don’t apply to him, and he can simply keep running his businesses from the White House. ‘In theory I could run my business perfectly and then run the country perfectly,’ Trump said, according to tweets from New York Times reporters interviewing the president-elect Tuesday. ‘There’s never been a case like this.’ He is technically correct on both counts. Federal conflict of interest laws do not apply to the president of the United States, and the obvious conflicts of interest created from his ownership of a global real estate empire are unprecedented in the nation’s history. Just because the federal laws mandating other federal officials to place their assets into a true blind trust run by an independent trustee do not apply to the president, does not mean that Trump’s conflicts of interest are not real.” [HuffPost]

TRUMP FOUNDATION ADMITS TO SELF-DEALING – David Fahrenthold: “President-elect Donald Trump’s charitable foundation has admitted to the IRS that it violated a legal prohibition against ‘self-dealing,’ which bars nonprofit leaders from using their charity’s money to help themselves, their businesses or their families. The admission was contained in the Donald J. Trump Foundation’s IRS tax filings for 2015, which were recently posted online at the nonprofit-tracking site GuideStar. A GuideStar spokesman said the forms were uploaded by the Trump Foundation’s law firm, Morgan, Lewis and Bockius…. In one section of the form, the IRS asked if the Trump Foundation had transferred ‘income or assets to a disqualified person.’ A disqualified person, in this context, might be Trump — the foundation’s president — or a member of his family or a Trump-owned business. The foundation checked ‘yes.’ Another line on the form asked if the Trump Foundation had engaged in any acts of self-dealing in prior years. The Trump Foundation checked ‘yes’ again.” [WashPost]


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