[Ed. – What’s old is new again.]
On Thursday, five Democratic senators announced a bill they plan to release next month that would require Trump to divest assets that could pose a conflict of interest, according to Politico. The bill, put forward by Elizabeth Warren, Dick Durbin, Chris Coons, Ben Cardin, and Jeff Merkley, would require the president-elect to put the proceeds of the sale in a blind trust (the true definition of which does not mean merely handing “business operations” to one’s children, despite what Trump has said). The legislation would symbolically make violations of federal conflict-of-interest rules “a high crime or misdemeanor under the impeachment clause of the U.S. Constitution.” [Emphasis added]
The forthcoming bill comes on the heels of House Democrats sending a letter to the head of the Government Services Administration on Wednesday, telling him that Trump needs to give up ownership and control of his brand-new Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. The lease, which Trump signed with the G.S.A. before he was elected….