As Donald Trump prepares to become the 45th President of the United States tomorrow, one Democratic member of Congress is already drawing up articles of impeachment for Trump.
Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin says Trump will be in violation of the Constitution from his very first day in office:
“Right now it looks pretty obvious that he’s on a collision course with the Emoluments Clause. He has refused to divest himself of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars of business interests he has around the world doing business with foreign governments.”
And Raskin explains his rationale for why Trump will cause a Constitutional crisis based on the Emoluments Clause:
“It says that no elected official, either member of Congress or the president of the United States, can accept a gift, an emolument or any payment at all from a foreign government. He [Trump] just simply refuses to accept that reality. So if he goes into office and he refuses to divest himself, the moment that the first conflict comes up, that’s going to look like an impeachable offense.”
If you’re inclined to think that perhaps Raskin is just some new Congressman still upset over the way the 2016 election turned out, consider this fact: He’s also a constitutional law and legislation professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and the director of the university’s Program on Law and Government Leadership.
Congressman Raskin told the Young Turks that no American, not even the president, is above the law:
“The reason that we have a constitution of the United States is because we believe in the rule of law, and it’s not all about what [Trump] thinks he can get away with, with the 36 or 38 percent of the people who support him. The vast majority of people don’t support [Trump] but even if they did, it wouldn’t make any difference if he’s violating the Constitution of the United States.”
Looks like it could indeed be a very short honeymoon for Donnie.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org