According to some expert interpretations and two federal lawsuits, this is illegal: The Constitution specifically prohibits the U.S. president from accepting “emoluments”—gifts, payments, or fees—from foreign governments as means of preventing a presidency from being compromised by whichever foreign sources are willing to offer the most convincing bribes.
In an exclusive interview with ABC Trump just admitted he would break the law if given the chance.
Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down
The opinion editors back home in Kentucky are not really thrilled with the idea of the Russians getting an economic hold on the state. Not just the Russians, but the Russian mob. At the LouisvilleCourier Journal, Joseph Gerth is not too excited at the prospect that “by the middle of the year, we’ll be in business with Oleg Deripaska, a buddy of Vladimir Putin.” Kentucky is looking for $200 million from the Russian to invest in a $1.7 billion aluminum plant there. He goes on to describe Deripaska’s “deep ties to Russian organized crime,” and the allegations of Deripaska’s violent, ruthless, criminal past in Russia.
Jared Kushner‘s smoke screen is just part and parcel of Trump’s entire posture toward Russia’s outright attack on our democracy. Trump, partly due to ego and perhaps even Russian leverage, has always sought to sow confusion about Russia’s 2016 efforts. From Trump’s imaginary 400-pound guy in New Jersey, to his 2018 Helsinki assertion, standing beside Russian President Vladimir Putin, that he didn’t “see any reason why it would be” Russia that perpetrated the attack, to his utterly indefensible lack of concern about securing future elections, Trump has been a walking, talking Russian disinformation campaign ever since he first opened his mouth on the topic during the 2016 presidential campaign.
A little-known former Secretary of State published an Op-Ed in the Washington Post that is must-read for anyone looking for a North Star to guide us through the aftermath of the Mueller Report and into what looks likely to be Impeachment.
She starts out with the basics:
“Our election was corrupted, our democracy assaulted, our sovereignty and security violated. This is the definitive conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report. It documents a serious crime against the American people.”