Given the urgency of the RussiaGate investigations and what it implies about the man playing at being President of the United States, his corrupt finances as well as the important national security implications of his tangled financial dealings – from which he has refused to divest – have been given short shrift. It’s even worse because the same rot infects the entire Trumpian apparatus. His cabinet consists of industry insiders who will now regulate the industries that feathered their very nice nests. Indeed, one of his cabinet appointees, Tom Price, was confirmed even after unethical insider trading on his part was exposed. What does it take, one asks, to get the Republican majority congress to actually do the people’s business and get to work cleaning up this mess rather than sit back and wait to enable the rich businessmen who pay their campaign bills?
A lawsuit maybe? Specifically yet another lawsuit (there are at least two others) inspired by the reek of corruption emanating from The Donald:
Nearly 200 Democratic members of Congress agreed to file a lawsuit Wednesday against President Trump alleging that by retaining interests in a global business empire he has violated constitutional restrictions on taking gifts and benefits from foreign leaders.
The lead senator filing the complaint in federal district court, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), said Tuesday that the lawsuit has already drawn more congressional plaintiffs — 196 — than any legal action previously taken against a president. No Republicans had joined in the lawsuit so far, although they will be invited to do so, Blumenthal said.
An advance copy of the legal complaint reviewed by The Washington Post argues that those in Congress have special standing because the Constitution’s “foreign emoluments clause” requires the president to obtain “the consent of Congress” before accepting any gifts.
And I’m proud to tell you that both of Missouri’s Democratic House members, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and Rep. William Lacy Clay, are part of this historical effort to protect the interests of the American people from fat cat predators like Donald Trump and his minions.
I would suggest that you phone Clay and Cleaver and thank them for their good work. If you live in their districts you can email them: Go to the Website for the U.S. House of Representatives, select the Representatives from Missouri, click on their individual Websites, choose the contact form, and fill it out thanking them profusely for what they’re trying to do for us.
And if your representative is a Republican, you can follow the same process to ask them why they’re Okay with the rampant Trumpian corruption in Washington D.C. Point out that they can let us know whether or not they believe in honest, fair and open government by joining this lawsuit. By their actions, ye shall know them.