The “never Trumpers” just won’t give up their dreams of keeping Donald Trump from the White House.
During a segment on CNN Wednesday Trump asserted to the New York Times that it is impossible for the president to have conflicts of interest and that he could run both the country and his businesses. A former White House lawyer said such rhetoric should force the Electoral College to vote against Trump.
While he admitted that there is no direct law preventing Trump from doing both, the emolument clause of the Constitution would make it incredibly tough.
“No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office,” the clause reads.
“He needs to comply with the constitution at a bare minimum,” Painter, who admitted he didn’t support Trump for president, insisted. “And recognize the problem and address it.”
“And if he doesn’t do that before the Electoral College meets,” he added. “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.”
The former member of President George W. Bush’s ethics counsel even hit Trump with a zinger from the old birther controversy.
“This is just as important as your birth certificate. . . more important than your birth certificate or proof of age, whatever other requirements there are to be President of the United States,” he said.
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