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Judge Rules Against Trump Motion to Dismiss in Emoluments Lawsuit by Maryland and DC - Ultimate outcome to turn on construction of Constitution. But, remember under the clause, Congress can approve any + all emoluments, thus... 👉…
2/ the emoluments Lawsuit, even if successful may have no tangible effect on Trump profiting from the Presidency - and there would be no accountability for corruption, the clause and lawsuit merely address a conflict of interest. 👉
3/ The means to hold Trump accountable for corruptly profiting from the Presidency (for the same acts as under the Emoluments Suit) is prosecution under 18 USC 201 (b) and (c): the Federal Bribery Law. This law provides criminal penalties for accepting gifts for official acts 👉
4/ Under 201(c), there doesn’t need to be a quid pro quo agreement (bribe); if Trump merely knows of anything of value given to him for an official act (even if it’s just a “thank you” gift after the fact), the penalty is two years in prison 👉
5/ And violation of 18 USC 201 is one of the express grounds for impeachment under Article II of the Constitution (Bribery). So rather than risk so much on Emoluments suits, petition the DoJ to prosecute under 18 USC 201. #Corruption #Emoluments #Trump
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