It has been obvious from nearly day one that Il Trumpe is a non-stop violation of the emoluments clause in the Constitution, since he has not divested from his hotel businesses. Well, he just keeps on keeping on (boldface mine):
House investigators are looking into an allegation that groups — including at least one foreign government — tried to ingratiate themselves to President Donald Trump by booking rooms at his hotels but never staying in them.
It’s a previously unreported part of a broad examination by the House Oversight Committee, included in Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, into whether Trump broke the law by accepting money from U.S. or foreign governments at his properties.
“Now we’re looking at near raw bribery,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), a House Oversight Committee member who chairs the subcommittee with jurisdiction over Trump’s hotel in Washington. “That was the risk from Day One: foreign governments and others trying to seek favor because we know Trump pays attention to this. … It’s an obvious attempt to curry favor with him.”
The investigation began after the committee received information that two entities — a trade association and a foreign government — booked a large quantity of rooms but used only a fraction of them, according to a person familiar with the allegation who isn’t authorized to speak for the committee.
The emoluments clause of the Constitution forbids a president from profiting from foreign governments or receiving any money from the U.S. government except his or her annual salary….
“If true, at minimum, this suggests there is a culture of corruption that the administration has created,” Khanna said. “There’s a sense that to curry favor you have to engage in pay to play. That’s exactly what the American people hate about Washington.”
Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin puts it succinctly, if a bit lawyerly:
“The unifying theme of congressional investigations is examining the president’s abuse of his office and his power to advance his personal political agenda and his goal of financial self-enrichment”
A couple of weeks ago, all the kewl kidz were saying that emoluments violations are too difficult to explain compared to the Ukrainian thingee. Well, as Raskin shows, it’s not that hard. If voters are too stupid to understand emoluments–and maybe they are!–then how are we going to explain healthcare or any other policy issue?
Ring Trump up on the emoluments charge too.