More than 190 Democrats in Congress joined together to sue President Trump on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
They say Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution by profiting from business deals involving foreign governments — and doing so without congressional consent. And they want the court to make it stop.
Trump has “repeatedly and flagrantly violated” the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., told reporters on a conference call.
The assault on Trump and his business interests continues.
This seems like a good thing, right? These lawsuits, in theory, hold Trump accountable and to strike at the possibility of corruption in the highest level of office.
The emoluments clause, at it’s heart, is intended to ensure political representatives do not sell America out to a foreign power. And, furthermore, that they answer to the will of the people.
Unfortunately, many our or politicians profit directly from business deals involving entities that do not answer to the will of the American people.
Corporations answer to the market. Not the American people. Many of them are international in nature, and operate similarly to a foreign state.
So, if 200 Democrats can sue Trump for disregarding the emoluments clause, can I bring a suit against individual members of Congress for accepting gifts from corporations that answer to the market and not the interests of the American people?
Could Democrats use the time, energy and resources to sue Trump for breaching the emoluments clause, to protect Dodd-Frank, or even just bringing it to the attention of the American people, or even to address their own conflict of interest issues?
This is not about Democrats or Republicans.
This is about America.
America is the system of governance and all of the parties that participate in that system. And nearly every party in our political system as received gifts from entities that do not answer to the American people.
So, sure. Sue him. Get it done Democrats.
And then WE will use the ruling as a platform to sue every politician who sells out the American people to monied interests that do not answer directly to the people.