Is President Donald Trump Violating The Constitution’s Emolument Clause? | NBC News Now
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Is President Donald Trump Violating The Constitution’s Emolument Clause? | NBC News Now

September 15, 2019


WE WILL KEEP OUR SHARPEES OUT OF THIS ONE. THIS ONE.>>Reporter: ALL RIGHT.>>Reporter: ALL RIGHT. SOUND GOOD. SOUND GOOD.>>THANKS.>>THANKS.>>>THIS WEEK, VICE PRESIDENT>>>THIS WEEK, VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE SPENT TWO NIGHTS AT MIKE PENCE SPENT TWO NIGHTS AT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S GOLF RESORTS. PRESIDENT TRUMP’S GOLF RESORTS. HE THOUGHT IT WAS AT PRESIDENT HE THOUGHT IT WAS AT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SUGGESTION. TRUMP’S SUGGESTION. HE DENIED THE DECISION. HE DENIED THE DECISION. THIS IS REKINDLING A DECISION OF THIS IS REKINDLING A DECISION OF THE EMOLLIENT CLAUSES, HEAMERICA THE EMOLLIENT CLAUSES, HEAMERICA ARE FOOTING THE BILL FOR THE ARE FOOTING THE BILL FOR THE HOME. HOME. HE HAD HIS MEETINGS, O, OF HE HAD HIS MEETINGS, O, OF COURSE, IT MAKES SENSE FOR THE COURSE, IT MAKES SENSE FOR THE LEGAL PERSPECTIVE. LEGAL PERSPECTIVE. DANNY, WHAT DISCUSS THE DANNY, WHAT DISCUSS THE CONSTITUTION SAY? CONSTITUTION SAY? IT SOUND SO SILLY. IT SOUND SO SILLY. WHAT DOES THE COMPETITION SAY WHAT DOES THE COMPETITION SAY ABOUT THIS? ABOUT THIS?>>IF FRAMERS OF THE>>IF FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION WERE ALMOST CONSTITUTION WERE ALMOST OBSESSED WITH CORRUPTION. OBSESSED WITH CORRUPTION. THEY WANTED TO AVOID IT AT NO THEY WANTED TO AVOID IT AT NO COST. COST. LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE IMPEACHMENT CLAUSE THAT THE TWO IMPEACHMENT CLAUSE THAT THE TWO MENTIONED EXEMPLARY CLAUSES ARE MENTIONED EXEMPLARY CLAUSES ARE NOT MURDER, CRIMES OF THEFT, NOT MURDER, CRIMES OF THEFT, THEY ARE CRIMES OF CORRUPTION, THEY ARE CRIMES OF CORRUPTION, TREASON AND BRIBERY. TREASON AND BRIBERY. SO, INTO, THIS WAS THE REASON SO, INTO, THIS WAS THE REASON THEY PUT IN THE EMOLLIENTS THEY PUT IN THE EMOLLIENTS CLAUSES, THERE ARE FOREIGN AND CLAUSES, THERE ARE FOREIGN AND THE FOREIGN ONE IS ABOUT THE THE FOREIGN ONE IS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT NOT RECEIVING ANY PRESIDENT NOT RECEIVING ANY BENEFIT FROM ANY FOREIGN COUNTRY BENEFIT FROM ANY FOREIGN COUNTRY IN ADDITION TO HIS SALARY. IN ADDITION TO HIS SALARY. THE DOMESTIC EMOLLIENTS CLAUSE THE DOMESTIC EMOLLIENTS CLAUSE IS SIMILAR. IS SIMILAR. THE PRESIDENT HAS A SALARY. THE PRESIDENT HAS A SALARY. HE SHOULDN’T RECEIVE GIFTS OR HE SHOULDN’T RECEIVE GIFTS OR ADDITIONAL PAYMENTS FROM ADDITIONAL PAYMENTS FROM INDIVIDUAL STATES OR THE FEDERAL INDIVIDUAL STATES OR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. GOVERNMENT. NOW IN THIS CASE IN IRELAND, IT NOW IN THIS CASE IN IRELAND, IT SEEMS AT FIRST PLUSH TO BE A SEEMS AT FIRST PLUSH TO BE A FOREIGN EMOLLIENTS CLAUSE ISSUE. FOREIGN EMOLLIENTS CLAUSE ISSUE. IN FACT, IT’S CLOSER TO A IN FACT, IT’S CLOSER TO A DOMESTIC EMOLLIENTS CLAUSE, THE DOMESTIC EMOLLIENTS CLAUSE, THE PAYMENT FOR PENCE IS NOT COMING PAYMENT FOR PENCE IS NOT COMING FROM A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT. FROM A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT.>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT.>>IT’S COMING FROM THE FEDERAL>>IT’S COMING FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. GOVERNMENT. THERE IS PLENTY INVESTIGATION THERE IS PLENTY INVESTIGATION GOING ON ABOUT THE EMOLLIENTS GOING ON ABOUT THE EMOLLIENTS CLA US IN DIFFERENT FEDERAL CLA US IN DIFFERENT FEDERAL COURTS AROUND THE COUNTRY. COURTS AROUND THE COUNTRY. THE ISSUE IS STILL UNSETTLING. THE ISSUE IS STILL UNSETTLING. IT’S AMAZING MOST OF US DIDN’T IT’S AMAZING MOST OF US DIDN’T KNOW WHAT AN EMOLLIENT WAS TWO KNOW WHAT AN EMOLLIENT WAS TWO OR THREE YEARS AGO. OR THREE YEARS AGO. IT’S AN OUTDATED ANTIQUATED IT’S AN OUTDATED ANTIQUATED WORD. WORD. NOW IT’S BEING HEAVILY LITIGATED NOW IT’S BEING HEAVILY LITIGATED AND MUCH WILL TURN ON HOW IN THE AND MUCH WILL TURN ON HOW IN THE MODERN ERA WE DEFINE WHAT AN MODERN ERA WE DEFINE WHAT AN EMOLLIENT S. AN EXPANSIVE VIEW EMOLLIENT S. AN EXPANSIVE VIEW IS IF IF PRESIDENT TRUMP IS IF IF PRESIDENT TRUMP RECEIVES ANY BENEFITS, EVEN WITH RECEIVES ANY BENEFITS, EVEN WITH HIS HOTEL IN BETWEEN, HE’S HIS HOTEL IN BETWEEN, HE’S VIOLATED THE EMOLLIENTS CLAUSE. VIOLATED THE EMOLLIENTS CLAUSE. ON THE OTHER HAND, A RESTRICTED ON THE OTHER HAND, A RESTRICTED VIEW IS THAT AN EMOLLIENT, IT’S VIEW IS THAT AN EMOLLIENT, IT’S ONLY FOR PERSONAL SERVICES ONLY FOR PERSONAL SERVICES PERSONALLY RENDERED. PERSONALLY RENDERED. IF IT’S A RIDICULOUS EXAMPLE, IF IT’S A RIDICULOUS EXAMPLE, PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS DOING BED PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS DOING BED SERVICE OR BRINGING UP ROOM SERVICE OR BRINGING UP ROOM SERVICE OR TURNING DOWN THE SERVICE OR TURNING DOWN THE SHEETS, THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING SHEETS, THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING HE WAS BEING PAID FOR IF HE WAS HE WAS BEING PAID FOR IF HE WAS PAID DIRECTLY. PAID DIRECTLY.>>OKAY.>>OKAY.>>SO PENCE’S DEFENSE, WOULD IT>>SO PENCE’S DEFENSE, WOULD IT HOLD UP IN COURT, FOR EXAMPLE, I HOLD UP IN COURT, FOR EXAMPLE, I KNOW THAT WOULD UNLIKELY HAPPEN, KNOW THAT WOULD UNLIKELY HAPPEN, IF THIS WERE TO GO TO COURT, IF THIS WERE TO GO TO COURT, WOULD HIS DEFENSE HERE HELP? WOULD HIS DEFENSE HERE HELP?>>WELL THE KEY TO THE>>WELL THE KEY TO THE EMOLLIENTS CLAUSE IS ARGUING EMOLLIENTS CLAUSE IS ARGUING THAT EMOLLIENTS DON’T HAPPEN IN THAT EMOLLIENTS DON’T HAPPEN IN SUCH A WAY THE CONSTITUTION IS SUCH A WAY THE CONSTITUTION IS VIOLATED WHEN A HOTEL IS PAID VIOLATED WHEN A HOTEL IS PAID THAT THE PRESIDENT HAPPENS TO THAT THE PRESIDENT HAPPENS TO OWN. OWN. MAYBE YOU MAKE AN ANALOGY JIMMY MAYBE YOU MAKE AN ANALOGY JIMMY CARTER WHO ARGUABLY DIVESTED. CARTER WHO ARGUABLY DIVESTED. HE HAD A PEANUT FARM. HE HAD A PEANUT FARM. IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAID IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAID MONEY TO THAT PEANUT FARM AND MONEY TO THAT PEANUT FARM AND SOMEWHERE TRICKLED DOWN TO JIMMY SOMEWHERE TRICKLED DOWN TO JIMMY CARTER, THEN THAT DOESN’T COUNT CARTER, THEN THAT DOESN’T COUNT AS AN EMOLLIENT. AS AN EMOLLIENT.>>IT’S ABOUT HOW YOU DEFINE AN>>IT’S ABOUT HOW YOU DEFINE AN EMOLLIENT. EMOLLIENT. ACADEMICS ON BOTH SIDES DISAGREE ACADEMICS ON BOTH SIDES DISAGREE ON THIS ARGUMENT. ON THIS ARGUMENT. ANOTHER ARGUMENT IN THE ANOTHER ARGUMENT IN THE EMOLLIENTS WORLD IS WHETHER OR EMOLLIENTS WORLD IS WHETHER OR NOT IT’S WITHSTANDING. NOT IT’S WITHSTANDING. IT DOESN’T HAVE A REMEDY. IT DOESN’T HAVE A REMEDY. CAN ANY OF US BRING SUIT TO CAN ANY OF US BRING SUIT TO ENFORCE IT? ENFORCE IT?>>FASCINATING STUFF.>>FASCINATING STUFF. THANK YOU SO MUCH, IT’S THANK YOU SO MUCH, IT’S SOMETHING WE HAVE TROUBLE

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  1. Let's dig up some more ridiculous archane language.
    How about something more understandable, like " private email server" ?
    How about "repetitive" ? How about "obsessive compulsive media coverage" ?
    You guys are dumber than a bag of hammers.

  2. If there is a law to be broken , Trump breaks it. Just yesterday he showed a fake weather forecast. An actual federal offense ! 🔐 him up !

  3. Of course he is but that's okay we'll just turn our back on it let this man get away with anything… Like he says he could shoot somebody and the streets of New York and get away

  4. Nah! It's like supply and demand. If you offer good services and products, we buy them. We pay for what we want. Similarly, Trump supporters would love to stay in any of Trump hotels or play at any Trump golf courts to enjoy the presidential spirit and support our beloved president. Fake news is exaggerating and distorting the truth.

  5. Humpty Trumpty is building a wall to fall from and all the king's horses and all the king's men won't be able to put Humpty Trumpty back together again!

  6. Why are we still talking about this? Congress is the only entity that can do anything about this and its been this way over 2 years.

  7. How very FUNNY… Presidents can't make Money WHILE they are in office, but can make 100's of Millions after they leave in books and memoirs, or speaking engagements, or just being on Sir Richard Branson's Island and playing with his toys … all that is OK. Now, if a president had a farm, and it produced a fruit , lets just assume anything, say Oranges or Avocados, it would be wrong for his farm to sell its fruits to the Federal Government ? Even if he is not actively running the farm while in office ??!! Hmm.. I wonder who was buying George Washington's Cotton and making cloths for the army with it ?! Or was he selling it to a foreign government ( like France) , and then buying the french made shirts for the US Army ??!! Wake up guys, this is the USA not a communist country. Most presidents had and have bussiness.. so the US should not have made any deals with the Carlyle Group while Bush and Cheney were in office ?! Or anyone from a foreign country should not go watch a sports team that Bush was a co-owner of !!! Or else that would mean the $100 they paid for the ticket to watch the game, was in fact a Bribe to the commander in chief, and treason !!!! REALLY …FAKE NEWS.

  8. The first president to have business with foreigners while in office was George Washington, you deranged never Trumpers. By the 1790s, Washington was wealthy primarily because of real estate — renting and selling his vast holdings. As with Mr. Trump’s hotels, Washington’s renters or purchasers could include foreigners, you hysterical fools.

    One letter written by Washington deserves great attention in the current debate. On Dec. 12, 1793, Washington wrote to Arthur Young, an officer of the U.K. Board of Agriculture, an entity newly created and funded by Parliament at the initiative of William Pitt. The president asked for Young’s help in renting out his Mount Vernon lands to secure an income for his retirement. Not finding customers in America, he wondered if Young, with his agricultural connections, could find and organize some would-be farmers in his home country and send them over.

  9. Why wouldn't Congress have standing?
    Even though Sen. McConnell, Former(ly) Speaker Ryan, and now Speaker Pelosi have abdicated their respective roles here, they are the ones who have the power and the Duty to act on this.

  10. Why do we have to keep talking, investigating, meeting, running it by Pelosi, Schumer, discussing, getting more facts and on and on??? It's right in our faces! It's on film! trump admits it! Are our Democratic leaders just too lazy to do their jobs? Impeach the guilty f*cker already! WHAT on earth are you waiting for???????????????????

  11. He has been taking miney from the start. He invited all these big wig gathering at his resirt in Florida. What about his Children top child has a Contact with Sauda Arriba that gives his daughter 1 million dollar's for what ever they agreed upon. She is flying Airforce one with her father to other Counties why? That kid who is his adviser, why is this private citizen gets to know our weakness, security ways, and not even passed security checks. That man took several millions of dollars on his hotel from investors. Please no more Trump, no more Republicans decideing who is President. They have the media and Republicans only counting the Eletrical Colleges Vote. 270 gets you the White House. 19 States have passed Laws to do away with EC. Stand up be proud and make changes, hold him on Impeachment for Russia, the Wall, and get his tax returns. He works for US.

  12. I want to see the moneys spent on the Wall. He has his pockets full of money. 25 million to build 1 Mile of Wall. He getting sued for trying to take Citizen Property to run the wall over it. He has to have an Audit. He needs to be investigated in all his secret banks that him and his children have. What about Global warming. He as hasnt heard of Category 5 Hurricanes. People stand and be heard!!!

  13. That clause has been violated by pretty much every administration, yet you only bring it up with Trump. Yeah, could you be more obviously anti-Trump? Propaganda artists, thats what you are, albeit not particularly clever ones…

  14. If you guys don't want Donald Trump to violate the constitution.please . first someone needs to explain to him what the constitution mean..be nice to this guy.he have experience about buying building's and other stuff

  15. We continue to Pray for President Donald Trump, his Family, the Cabinet, every one that works in the White House. May the Lord continue to Bless them and their Families. AMEN!🙏🎶 AMEN!🙏🎶AMEN!🙏🙋🙌📖🎶🎺⏰

  16. Red Hats, BURGERS, STRAWS ? The Trump derangement syndrome is a virulent disease, SEEK HELP!!
    Best president ever, Donald Trump. 💯MAGA 2020 KAG
    Keep up the great work you are doing, SIR

  17. 🔨🚅"Oooh, My Goodnesssss," People Get Ready, The Trump train is coming with ( Obama's hammer) to clear the way and the Bar Bill must Be paid!! I love it when a plan comes together!! There will be people dancing in the streets…!! American Born Black Men For President Trump!! WWG1WGA!! ***(Can't you hear all the Cackling, Clucking Hens and the Roosters Crowing?!!)***

  18. You freaks, the corruption is coming from all elected. You pick n choose your concerns for corruption as it suits your biased agenda. Sad that journalism has died. Replaced by propaganda whores. Pathetic.

  19. NBC sucks–biased against YANG. Trump's FAKE media! Saying 10 candidates for DEMS Sept debates but shows only 9 to the exclusion of YANG!

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