Ethics Lawyers Agree: Trump Must Sell Businesses

Top ethics attorneys for Barack Obama and George W. Bush are telling the Electoral College to reject Donald Trump unless he sells his businesses.

ThinkProgress reported, “Richard Painter, Chief Ethics Counsel for George W. Bush, and Norman Eisen, Chief Ethics Counsel for Barack Obama, believe that if Trump continues to retain ownership over his sprawling business interests by the time the electors meet on December 19, they should reject Trump.”

Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution bars office holders from accepting “any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”  It is widely considered an impeachable offense for the president to be indebted to foreign powers.  This is exactly the position Trump is in with his business conflicts of interest.  So far, Trump has refused to place his businesses into a blind trust.