Trump’s legal team from the Justice Department is getting ready to fight to protect Trump’s right to profit from the presidency. He acquired the ten best lawyers he could find. Money meant nothing to him. Except, it was not his money. The American tax payer is footing the bill. Damn, it must feel good to live in the White House! Neither the White House or the Justice Department said what the total cost is, but the salaries of the lawyers assigned to the case range from $133,000 to $185,000.
When Trump squeezed himself on our throne, he refused to divest himself of his hundreds of companies. He said that he was allowing his children to run them, while he was in the White House. Such an arrangement is very far from a blind trust. President Trump could still control his businesses over the breakfast table.
How could someone with such a vast business empire also be president of the United States. As soon as he became president, he opened up a hotel in Washington D.C. If some foreign dignitary wanted the president’s ear, all they have to is buy the exorbitantly priced penthouse. Suddenly the President of the United States has a price tag. This is just one of trillions of examples.
How about Trump’s decision to stay at one of his resorts every weekend of his presidency so far. You know how much that costs the tax payer? We aren’t paying just for his room, but also the rooms of the secret service. Don’t forget that Trump is staying at a Trump Resort. The exorbitant cost of his weekend getaway goes right into his own pocket! Ain’t that a sweet deal!
A $1 trillion spending bill Trump signed Friday while in Bedminster includes $61 million to reimburse law enforcement agencies for the costs of protecting Trump and his family when they are at his private properties in New York and Florida. The bill would cover expenses incurred at Trump Tower and the Mar-a-Lago resort from the Nov. 8 election through September. Fortune
After all, an obscure part of the Constitution called the Emoluments Clause, deems it illegal for our president to collect benefits from business dealing with companies controlled by foreign governments. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to notice the flagrant jeopardy this could place our country in. The Bank of China for example, is a tenant in Trump Tower.
At the end of Obama’s presidency he was very conflicted about accepting the Nobel Peace award. The prize included a check for $1.4 million and Obama wouldn’t accept it, if it was perceived to be a violation of the Emoluments Clause.
In his careful deliberation, Obama got advice from the Justice Department on whether there was any violation. The judges concluded that because the prize was from an organization not affiliated with any government, than Obama could legally accept it. HuffingtonPost
Trump’s tax payer lawyers are defending him with the argument that it is not unconstitutional for the president’s companies to make money from foreign governments while he is in office, USAToday. In other words, Trump’s lawyers, paid for by us, are defending him from stealing from us. Isn’t that a vicious cycle!?