He didn’t show his taxes. No one cared. He won’t divest and no one will do anything. The story of this whole campaign. Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. He believes as president he’ll be above the consttution. That’s another reason he’s so dangerous.
According to UU Norman Eisen, the chief ethics council to the Obama administration, warns that Donald Trump appears to be creating a “wholesale oligarchic kleptocracy of a kind that we have never seen before in our history.” He’s urging electors to vote against him on December 19th. It’s an uncommon occurrence in American history but it is still well within the realm of possibility. In fact, the framers of the constitution designed the electoral college to protect us from just such a situation. Electors are in no way bound to vote the way their states voted, though in some states they may face fines or misdemeanor charges if they do so.
Richard Painter, a man who held that same job for the Bush administration expresses similar concerns about Trump’s business ties. He not only claims that a “faithless elector” scenario is possible but says that it should happen if Trump is unable to put his desires for personal gain aside while holding the most powerful title in the world.
But President Trump doesn’t seem inclined to take any such actions. Though he made promises to set up a blind trust while running he’s now backed away from the idea of doing anything at all. Most recently he’s claimed that “the law is totally on [his] side, meaning, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.”
What he seems to be confusing are limitations placed in the first article of the constitution and more specific rules later on. It is true that there are no specific rules against the president having conflicts of interest the way there are for other political figures. But the president is clearly prohibited (in Article 1 Section 9) from receiving any sort of gift from foreign powers:
…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.
This would include the expensive hotel rooms that foreign dignitaries stayed in at Trump’s Hotels last week as well as the permit he was able to coax Argentina’s President into giving him along with a $4000 golf club from Japan. These aren’t technically an issue since he hasn’t yet taken office but in just under 2 months any such collusion would be grounds for impeachment.
But since Trump has already proven that he has no plans to play by the rules set up in the Constitution these two ethics experts suggest that electors make the unprecedented move of voting Trump out. They say that the only appropriate action on Trump’s part at this point would be for him to sell off all of his companies. A move which Trump has already stated is out of the question.