Ever since #Donald Trump surprised millions by defeating Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States, his critics have pondered what it would take to prevent him from taking office. While it's only been two weeks since Election Day, some legal experts argue that Trump might not last very long in the White House.
Earlier this month, there was talk that Donald Trump could face the possibility of impeachment if he was found guilty in the #Trump University fraud case. After the new president-elect decided to settle for a reported $25 million, questions remained if impeachment was completely off the table. A law professor at George Washington University, Steven Schooner, argued on Monday that Trump has another legal problem on his hands, as seen on a November 21 segment on #MSNBC.
It started when The Washington Post reported over the weekend that several foreign diplomats felt pressured that they would have to stay at the brand new Trump International Hotel, located in Washington D.C. in the location of the old post office. The Washington Post also notes the magnitude of the issue, as "at least 111 Trump companies have done business in 18 countries an territories across South America, Asia, and the Middle East."
Diplomats wonder if spending money at a Trump hotel can buy presidential favor https://t.co/fCM10TlZvX— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 19, 2016
This issue was discussed when Schooner joined MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle, where he noted that Trump could be dealing with an "impeachment issue because you have foreign states basically paying money to the Trump Organization by using their hotels." Schooner referenced a contract that Trump signed with the General Services Administration when he agreed to open the hotel. According to Schooner, the contract notes that "no elected official of the United States government can share or benefit from the lease." The contract is in effect for 60 years, with Schooner labeling the language as "unequivocally clear."
Doubling down on Schooners message was Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, who pointed to the "Emoluments Clause" in the Constitution. As LawNew writes, the clause states that "'no person holding any office of profit or trust under' the United States 'shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.'" Trump say he will allow his children to run his businesses through a "blind trust," but legal experts have questioned his ability to do so.
Before Donald Trump is even sworn in as the next commander in chief, he has two months to put together the rest of his cabinet and administration. Some of Trump's picks, like Breitbart News' Steve Bannon and retired Gen. Michael Flynn, have already caused backlash from much of the media and his political opponents.