Rep. Grijalva Joins Members of Congress in Emoluments Case to Hold Trump Accountable and Protect American Democracy
WASHINGTON, DC—Yesterday, oral arguments took place for Blumenthal, Nadler, et al. v. Trump, a lawsuit filed in June 2017 by over 200 Members of Congress that accuses the Trump Administration of violating the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, a plaintiff in the lawsuit, issued the following statement:
“President Trump’s complete disregard for our Constitution is apparent in many of his actions, yet none more so than his desire to use the Presidency to line his pockets with money from foreign governments. The emoluments clause is critical to safeguarding our country from foreign influence and protecting the integrity of our American democracy. Since Trump refuses to disclose his financial assets or untangle himself from his business, we don’t know the full scope of violations. However, it is clear that foreign governments granting favors to the Trump Organization is a serious problem.
“This is a level of corruption we have never seen from a sitting U.S. President. Trump’s past business practices of not paying what he owes to small businesses and ripping off workers demonstrates a willingness to put profit above all else. As President of the United States, his profit motive is a threat to our national security and leaves him vulnerable to extortion. No one is above the law, including the President of the United States.”
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