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article imageGrowing list of cities call for President Trump's impeachment

By Karen Graham     Apr 2, 2017 in Politics
Cambridge - A Massachusetts city is joining with a number of other municipalities across the nation in calling for the House of Representatives to convene an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump based on alleged conflicts of interest.
At an upcoming meeting to be held Monday, April 3, Cambridge City Council is slated to vote on a resolution calling for the U.S. House of Representatives to begin such an investigation against President Trump, according to ABC News.
If the resolution passes, Cambridge will become the first city in Massachusetts and will follow along with Richmond, Alameda, and Berkeley, California, as well as the small Vermont town of Charlotte in calling for an impeachment investigation of the president. The Cambridge resolution alleges President Trump is in "violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause and the Domestic Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution," according to Common Dreams.
Constitution of the United States
Constitution of the United States
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Last Thursday, when Berkeley, California called for Trump's impeachment. The Bekeleyside reported: “Every day there’s a new ethical problem that warrants impeachment,” said Mayor Jesse Arreguín, who co-sponsored the resolution, with Councilwoman Sophie Hahn, calling for the federal investigation into Trump. Council members Ben Bartlett and Cheryl Davila asked to be added as co-sponsors during Tuesday night’s meeting.
The Berkeley mayor's office also cited concerns about how Trump has undermined freedom of the press, and had “conspicuous connections with Russian officials,” as some of the reasons the House of Representatives should launch an investigation into the possible impeachment of the president.
The foreign emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution
Never heard of this clause? How about if we say it's all about accepting gifts of any sort from foreign officials and governments. To be specific, in Article I, Section 9, of the Constitution. It's clause number 8. It states, in pertinent part: "... no person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States], 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.”
US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the US Congress
US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the US Congress
Yes, it is important, too. In an article written and published in Time in February, James C. Nelson, a retired justice of the Montana Supreme Court, and John Bonifaz, the co-founder, and president of Free Speech For People, write: "Back when we were setting up this country, this clause was included in the Articles of Confederation and, later, in the Constitution itself. The writers of our Constitution did not want a government with the sort of corruption that dominated 17th and 18th-century foreign politics and governments in Europe at that time."
Corruption included Gift-giving, back-scratching, foreign interference in other countries and any other actions that, while they may appear to be questionable, nonetheless, could give the appearance of impropriety were worthy of the founding fathers' attention.
And as Norman Eisen, Richard Painter and Laurence Tribe stated at the Brookings Institution, “Never in American history has a [President] presented more conflict of interest questions and foreign entanglements than Donald Trump.” And while Trump has made a pretense of abiding with the clause, he has actually gotten around it by hoodwinking the American public into thinking he is not involved in the family business.
Here's what President Trump has to say about all this: “I can be President of the United States and run my business 100 percent, sign checks on my business.” And: “The law is totally on my side, meaning, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.” Does anyone think Trump is totally right in what he says?
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