They cite the Constitution, screaming Emolument Clause, like Gomer Pyle screaming citizen's arrest.
I wonder if they have read Article II, Section 2, Paragraph 7 of the Constitution:
The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be encreased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.So a president is on the payroll and should not receive a dime from any other state or federal government.
Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 8 reads:
No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.While this article covers Congress, a good Philadelphia lawyer could stretch it to cover presidents.
That is good to know.
Now what does this have to do with the price of pickles in Dublin?
Every president in recent history has had a second source of income.
From the Tax Policy Center last April:
More than 90 percent of the first couple’s income came from the president’s salary—the same $400,000 the country has paid its commander -in-chief since 2001 (reduced this year by a few thousand dollars for some unstated reason). The president also earned about $56,000 in book royalties and only a few hundred dollars from investments. After subtracting contributions to a retirement plan, a deduction for Medicare tax on the president’s income as an author, and $3,000 of capital losses, the couple’s adjusted gross income (AGI) totaled $436,065.George Washington kept Mount Vernon and took no salary.
If the Founding Fathers meant for him to have no outside income whatsoever, they would not have elected him president twice -- unanimously both times.
Likewise, congressmen and senators, too, have outside incomes. And no one seemed bothered when the King of Norway granted the title (and money) of Nobel Laureate upon President Obama.
But the people have spoken and the Washington Establishment wants to shut them up.
From Media-ite on Wednesday:
During a discussion on CNN this morning, former White House lawyer Richard Painter made the case that if it appears that Trump will be in violation of the emolument clause of the Constitution, then the Electoral College must decide to not vote for him next month.CNN ran a picture of Nixon with a banner "Trump's Nixonian View of Conflicts of Interest" in teh segment.
More from Media-ite:
Stating that Trump could ease worries if he were to submit to an audit that clause could at least be dealt with, even if other conflicts of interest concerns would still be apparent, Painter insisted Trump would be sending a message that he doesn’t care if he ignores this. He then said the Electoral College would need to take action.
“He needs to comply with the constitution at a bare minimum,” Painter said. “And either recognize the problem and address it.”
“And if he doesn’t do that before the Electoral College meets,” the attorney continued. “I don’t think the Electoral College can vote for someone to become president if he’s going to be in violation of the constitution on day one and hasn’t assured us he’s not in violation.”Actually, the Electoral College does not meet as a whole body of 538 electors chosen to ruminate about the presidency and vice presidency. The electors meet on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December in the fifty states and D.C. They vote, and then send the results to Vice President Biden -- who is the president of the Senate. At a joint session of Congress, the votes are formally read and accepted.
This nonsense is a signal to the American people that the Washington Establishment will never accept the legitimacy of his election.
How dare we elect someone who wants to put America first, instead of the corporate interests?
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