Legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and dozens of other congressional Democrats would compel Donald Trump to separate himself from his vast business empire, The Hill reported.
“The American people deserve to know that the president of the United States is working to do what’s best for the country — not using his office to do what’s best for himself and his businesses,” Warren declared. Her bill also calls on Vice President-elect Mike Pence, his wife and children, and Trump’s family to divest their financial holdings and put them in blind trusts.
Under the terms of the legislation, any conflict of interest or violation of ethics regulations would result in a “sense of Congress” that Trump is guilty of a “high crime or misdemeanor.” The measure includes a provision prohibiting the administration’s appointed officials from being involved in the Trump Organization.
Warren threatened the president-elect that his refusal to divest may create a conflict of interest under the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which bans “any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince or foreign state” without the consent of Congress. Trump has business relationships with foreign leaders and companies in numerous countries.
“With Inauguration Day fast approaching, the American people are still waiting to hear what steps President-elect Trump will take to guard against conflicts of interest and corruption in his administration,” said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate.
Source: The Hill