How Trump Can Be Held Accountable For Violating The Constitution, Even If Congress Doesn’t Care

How Trump Can Be Held Accountable For Violating The Constitution, Even If Congress Doesn’t Care
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Among legal scholars, there isn’t much debate: President Trump is violating the Constitution. Since Trump decided to retain full ownership of his business empire, he has been receiving a stream of payments from foreign governments, which is prohibited by Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution. The trickier question is how to hold Trump accountable. The most straightforward way is impeachment. Virginia Governor Edmund Jennings Randolph, in a debate over the provision, known as the Emoluments Clause, in 1788 put it bluntly: “If discovered he may be impeached.” Impeachment, however, is an unlikely remedy while Republicans maintain an iron grip on Congress and show little interest in holding Trump …

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