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GSA Ignored Constitutional Concerns Over Trump DC Hotel - Per IG


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Dec 28, 2018
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The General Services Administration “ignored” concerns that President Trump’s lease on a government-owned building — the one that houses his Trump International Hotel in Washington — might violate the Constitution when it allowed Trump to keep the lease after he took office, according to a new report from the agency’s inspector general.

Trump’s company won the lease several years before he became president. After Trump was elected, the agency had to decide if his company would be allowed to keep its lease.

At that time, the inspector general found, the agency should have determined if the lease violates the Constitution’s emoluments clauses, which bar presidents from taking payments from foreign governments, or individual U.S. states. But it did not, according to the report issued Wednesday.

“We…found that [the agency] improperly ignored these Emoluments Clauses, even though the lease itself requires compliance with the laws of the United States, including the Constitution,” said the report.

So it appears that Trump is in violation of the Emoluments Clause, as per the review by the IG. This will likely go a ways in helping the Attorneys General of Maryland and DC, who are currently suing Trump for his violation of the Constitution, in their lawsuit which is in the discovery phase.

So, what say you? Should Trump liquidate this asset immediately to bring himself in compliance with the Constitution?
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