[Ed. – Someone should tell him he’s not the first Dem to make this unsupportable claim.]
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said President Trump is “running a criminal enterprise” out of the White House.
During a segment an MSNBC host said Trump is “constantly vacationing to promote his own properties.”
“The promotion is extraordinary. There hasn’t been a president in my lifetime that’s done anything like this,” Dean said in response.
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“In the beginning, the constitutional business about the emoluments clause, which is you’re not supposed to take foreign money to influence your policy, it didn’t bother me, I thought it was a far-flung argument — I’m not an attorney.”
But Dean said it is clear that Trump or his staff are “shaking down foreign governments who have moved their events to his hotel in Washington at somebody’s request in order to get favors.”
“I think he’s running a criminal enterprise out of the White House and I think that’s what Bob Mueller’s on the track of,” Dean said.
The emoluments clause prohibits federal officials from taking payments from foreign governments. Earlier this month, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit from a liberal watchdog organization arguing Trump had violated the clause.