Archives for posts with tag: conflicts of interest

Maryland and D.C. didn’t disclose the focus of their litigation, but The Washington Post reported that it involves foreign payments to Trump’s businesses.

Source: ‘Major Lawsuit’ Against Trump Promised by D.C., Maryland Officials – NBC News

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Of all the ways to measure Trump, judging him as a chief executive would seem to be fairest.

Source: Would You Let Trump Run Your Company? – Bloomberg


impeachment certainly should be pursued, and certainly cannot wait.

Source: Impeach Trump for Right Reasons


The president continues to treat the world stage like his personal playground for profit

Source: This week in Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest: Everything is coming up Trump – Salon.com


We need to have a talk about the emoluments clause, among other things

 

emoluments clause of the Constitution in full (Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8): “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, 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.”


CNN Breaking News

 

The news flew fast between Trump Tower and Capitol Hill today as President-elect Donald Trump held his long-awaited news conference during confirmation hearings for his Cabinet picks.

In D.C., New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker gave an impassioned and unprecedented plea to the Senate to vote against Trump’s nominee for attorney general and his fellow senator, Jeff Sessions.

Flanked by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Booker became the first sitting senator to testify against a fellow sitting senator at a confirmation hearing for a Cabinet position.

Meanwhile, Trump’s nominee to be US envoy to the world broke with his future boss on a number of key foreign policy issues. Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, speaking at his Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing, backed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, denounced Russian aggression in cyberspace and Ukraine, and affirmed his belief in climate change.

But on other issues, like whether Russia has committed war crimes with bombings in Syria, Tillerson said he’d need more information to offer an opinion.

When the media spotlight swung to Trump himself, he announced he will transfer his business holdings to a trust run by his sons, and he won’t sell his stake — stopping far short of what ethics lawyers say would eliminate conflicts of interest.

Of course, there was so much more, including the moment when Trump refused to take a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta, calling him “fake news.” Don’t stop there, though — real news awaits:

 


On Russia, the intelligence community and his business, Donald Trump’s relentless self-interest will be crippling

Source: This will not end well: President-elect Trump’s first press conference was a total disaster – Salon.com


The president-elect is directly at odds with the Constitution and many of his top aides are flouting federal laws against self-dealing.

Source: A new solution for Trump and his team of billionaires: Ignore the law – The Washington Post


In many of the president-elect’s international development ventures, his business partners have close ties to foreign governments.

Source: Potential Conflicts Around the Globe for Trump, the Businessman President – The New York Times


Michael Isikoff takes a close look at the man who will become national security advisor:

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who has reportedly been offered the role of national security adviser in Donald Trump’s White House, began receiving classified national security briefings last summer while he was also running a private consulting firm that offered “all-source intelligence support” to international clients.

Flynn’s relationship with his overseas clients is coming in for new scrutiny amid recent disclosures that two months ago, during the height of the presidential campaign, his consulting firm, the Flynn Intel Group, registered to lobby for a Dutch company owned by a wealthy Turkish businessman close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. pundit roundup: Flynn’s conflicts of interests, Trump lies (again), and more

 

Source: Abbreviated pundit roundup: Flynn’s conflicts of interests, Trump lies (again), and more

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