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Friday, April 12, 2019

The Department of Justice has adopted a narrow interpretation of a law meant to bar foreign interests from corrupting federal officials, giving Saudi Arabia, China and other countries leeway to curry favor with Donald Trump via deals with his hotels, condos, trademarks and golf courses, legal and national security experts say.

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Clark's article notes that in more than 50 legal opinions over some 150 years justice department lawyers have interpreted the clause in a way that barred any foreign payments or gifts except for ones Congress approved. But filings by the department since June 2017 reveal a new interpretation that " ... would permit the president – and all federal officials – to accept unlimited amounts of money from foreign governments, as long as the money comes through commercial transactions with an entity owned by the federal official," the professor writes.

The justice department stance now closely parallels arguments made in a January 2017 position paper by Trump Organization lawyer Sheri Dillon and several of her law partners. On 11 January 2017, just days before he was sworn in, Dillon said Trump isn't accepting any payments in his "official capacity" as president, as the income is only related to his private business. "Paying for a hotel room is not a gift or a present, and it has nothing to do with an office," Dillon said.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-04-12 10:31 AM | Reply

#1 MFA:

That goes against what many experts believe.

"For over a hundred years, the justice department has strictly interpreted the constitution's anti-corruption emoluments clause to prohibit federal officials from accepting anything of value from foreign governments, absent congressional consent," Clark told the Guardian.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-04-12 10:32 AM | Reply

Donald Trump is corrupt.

A corrupt god worshipped by the weak and stupid.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-12 11:01 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The Department of Justice has adopted a narrow interpretation of a law meant to bar foreign interests from corrupting federal officials

"Anything under the name of 'Trump' is exempt."

#4 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-04-12 12:27 PM | Reply

Jeffyj has one word to say to you libs

OBAMA!

Your loving cohort

Eberly

#5 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-04-12 12:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Jeffyj has one word to say to you libs
OBAMA!
Your loving cohort
Eberly
#5 | POSTED BY CHIEFTUTMOSES AT 2019-04-12 12:42 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

I'm torn between newsworthy and funny because it's so accurate.

#6 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-04-12 12:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


... accept unlimited amounts of money from foreign governments, as long as the money comes through commercial transactions with an entity owned by the federal official ...

That's a bribery loophole you can drive a Brink Truck through.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-04-12 01:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

ok, I'm completely out.

#8 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-04-12 01:56 PM | Reply

Are there any conservatives/republicans on this blog going to come forward and explain how this isn't bribery?

#9 | Posted by schmanch at 2019-04-12 02:08 PM | Reply

I've never seen the justice department willfully make money laundering easy.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2019-04-12 02:11 PM | Reply

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...and the church lady says, "Isn't that special?"

#11 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-04-12 02:14 PM | Reply


Trump promised his sons would keep business out of politics. He's admitting that was a lie.
www.vox.com

...Days before his father was inaugurated as president of the United States in 2017, Eric Trump told ABC he would stay out of politics while running the family business.

"Listen, I think it's important to keep separation of church and state," he said.

Back in January 2017, this was the talking point the whole Trump family was using. Even though Eric's father refused to do what other presidents have done and divest from his business interests, he made statements about the importance of avoiding conflicts of interest by keeping his children out of politics, and vice versa.

"What I'm going to be doing is my two sons, who are right here, Don and Eric, are going to be running the company," Trump said during a January 2017 news conference. "They are not going to discuss it with me."

But fast-forward 27 months and the Trumps are no longer even pretending that there's a meaningful separation between business and politics.

In an Atlantic magazine profile of Ivanka Trump that was published on Friday morning, President Trump admits that his eldest sons -- Eric and Don Jr., who are supposedly busy running the Trump Organization while he's president -- are "enjoying" and "very much into" politics. ...


So, yet another promise by Pres Trump that has turned out to be an outright lie.

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-04-12 02:45 PM | Reply

ok, I'm completely out.

#8 | Posted by fresno500

Stop struggling...you are not going anywhere brother.

Welcome to TrumpLandia...

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
"Relax," said the night man
"We are programmed to receive
You can check out any time you like
But you can never leave!"

I am so happy my President is making so much money.

If only he cared more about the country than he does about his money maybe people would stop ripping his name down off of buildings.

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-04-12 02:58 PM | Reply

When does the swamp cleaning begin?

#14 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2019-04-12 04:32 PM | Reply

I mean goddamn whitefolks (real talk),

How much is enough?

#15 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-04-12 09:53 PM | Reply

The Department of Justice is plainly a criminal organization enabling the 1% carte blanch access.

Torches and pitchforks..

#16 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-04-12 09:58 PM | Reply

Perhaps if Porky is occupied with counting his money, he won't remember to start WWIII.

You need to look for the upside.

#17 | Posted by contrecoup at 2019-04-13 06:13 PM | Reply

Legal bribery, 180 days spent playing golf, ----- grabbing, foul mouth, 9000+ lies, etc etc etc

All things that would make Republicans call for the impeachment of anyone but one of their own.

Hypocrites!!

#18 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-04-13 08:50 PM | Reply

This should be covered widely. I'm guessing that it won't.

#19 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-04-14 10:04 AM | Reply

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