Corporate Securities

Trumping the Constitution

, New York Law Journal


In his Corporate Securities column, John C. Coffee Jr. analyzes the application of the Emoluments Clause to President-elect Donald J. Trump. He focuses on the specific nature of Trump's conflicts and how they expose him to foreign governmental pressure that will be largely invisible. He writes: Whether or not the Clause applies, tolerating the exposure of the President to foreign pressure is inexcusable.

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  • NV Atty

    There is another issue. Although he has denied any "relationship" with Russia, as detailed in a recent NY Times article, Trump for years has attempted to obtain an investment in Russia. He has admitted using his presence during a Miss Universe contest held in Moscow to meet with various Russian officials, including Putin (again notwithstanding Trump‘s denial). Now we see his very cozy attitude toward Russia and statements that there is nothing wrong with a good relationship with Putin. The problem is his reward can come after he is out of office, re-instated in his corporate empire, and gets his long-sought after hotel and commercial site in Moscow. Clearly he is not one to take NO for an answer and getting his way commercially could come at a great price to this country.

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