Donald Trump Violates The Constitution On Day One

Donald Trump Violates The Constitution On Day One

Trump’s refusal to sell his stake in his business is causing a constitutional crisis

It has only been a few minutes since Donald Trump raised his right hand and swore to uphold the Constitution, but he has already violated his oath of office. By failing to sell his business and separate himself from innumerable foreign conflicts of interest, Trump is breaking the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause which bars payments from foreign leaders to government officials.

“Donald Trump started Day One of his presidency with a giant target on his back for foreign leaders looking to bribe their way into the Oval Office or dictate national security decisions,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “But he does not seem to care that this is against the law because it can mean billions for his bottom line.”

The Constitution’s Emoluments Clause is not an outdated relic from another era. […]

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So Mnuchin Just “Forgot” About $100 Million?

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement on Steven Mnuchin’s failure to disclose hundreds of millions in assets and business holdings:

“Steve Mnuchin got rich foreclosing on American families and apparently was so good at it that he simply forgot about $100 million in assets he had in the Cayman Islands. Like so many other Trump nominees, Mnuchin’s ethically bankrupt and controversial past has disqualified him from serving, and it’s time Republicans stop rubber stamping these dangerous Cabinet picks.

“By slamming through Mnuchin, Senate Republicans are becoming accessories to Trump’s future corruption, helping him stack his Cabinet with shady billionaires who, like Trump, will rig the government to serve their own interests at the expense of the American people.”

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American Bridge Statement on Rick Perry’s Nomination Hearing

Ahead of Rick Perry’s nomination hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“Trump has nominated one of the least experienced, most unwitting nominees for Secretary of Energy in recent memory — a terrifying pick who will do little to stand between an unstable, erratic President and America’s nuclear weapons. Shockingly, it wasn’t until after his nomination that Perry learned that he responsible for maintaining America’s nuclear arsenal. Dare we say ‘oops’?

“Once promising to cut the Department of Energy, Perry has been bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry and if confirmed, will have the ability to deregulate environmental protections, putting our children’s health and safety at risk. There are countless ways he could profit — and could add to Republican donors’ pockets — from his position while destroying clean energy jobs, undermining American competitiveness and […]

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American Bridge Statement on Steve Mnuchin’s Nomination Hearing

Ahead of Steve Mnuchin’s nomination hearing before the Finance Committee tomorrow, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“A predatory Wall Street banker, Steve Mnuchin takes a back seat to no one — with the possible exception of Donald Trump — when it comes to profiteering off the misery of the American people. When the recession hit, Mnuchin was there with his ‘foreclosure machine’ of a bank, putting millions of hardworking families out of their homes and making tens of millions of dollars for himself.

“In Steve Mnuchin, Donald Trump has found another Goldman Sachs executive to stack his #RiggedCabinet — someone who will roll back regulations and slash taxes for millionaires and billionaires, like himself, all while endangering the working families that bailed out Wall Street during the recession.

“Simply put, Mnuchin is a master of misfortune who stands ready to profit when the American people lose, and now Donald Trump […]

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Trump’s Budget Director Pick Can’t Manage A Household Budget

Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s pick to lead Office of Management and Budget, neglected “to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household employee,” according to a New York Times report on Mulvaney’s disclosure of the discrepancy to the Senate Budget Committee.

The revelation stains Trump’s already ethically-marred transition just days before his inauguration, and it adds Mulvaney to a growing list of Trump Administration figures (and nominees) including Trump, himself, and Betsy DeVos, who have shady tax records, disclosure errors, or simply a refusal to release their tax returns.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah issued the following statement on Mulvaney’s tax discrepancy:

“Trump’s pick for Budget director either purposefully avoided paying taxes he owed for a household employee, or he can’t be trusted to manage his own household budget. I don’t know which is worse, but both are disqualifying. Senators of both parties should call on Mulvaney to remove his name from […]

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American Bridge on Tom Price’s Nomination Hearing

Ahead of Rep. Tom Price’s nomination hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee today, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:
“The only difference between Donald Trump and Tom Price, his pick for HHS Secretary, is that Trump made billions by hurting American workers and Price made mere millions by hurting American workers.

“Beyond that, Price has possibly already broken laws meant to keep Members of Congress from profiting off their government jobs — Trump has only dreamed of making money from the presidency. Both Price and Trump would take away health care from millions of Americans. And Trump and Price both would defund Planned Parenthood and take away vital women’s health services that protect lives.

“With Donald Trump and Tom Price in charge, you can be sure they looked for every opportunity to make a buck while systematically weakening Americans’ health care.”

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American Bridge on Nikki Haley’s Nomination Hearing

Ahead of Nikki Haley’s nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“They said it couldn’t be done, but he did it — Donald Trump found someone in Nikki Haley who is even more of a novice on world affairs than he is. Governor Haley’s lack of experience on the world stage makes her the perfect stealth agent to do the bidding of the Trump family empire around the globe.”

“In South Carolina, Governor Haley’s record is riddled with troubling views on LGBTQ equality, women’s reproductive rights, and the acknowledgment of the harmful impacts of climate change, calling into question just how often she’ll take a backseat to Trump’s extreme views. With Governor Haley, Trump has yet another foot soldier for the army of Trump businesses, ready to jet set for his profit whenever he sees fit, human rights be damned.”

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