Emoluments

A Open Letter to all Representative Members of the 116th Congress of these United States.

Honorable Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have been following closely your progress in investigating and drafting articles of impeachment for President Donald John Trump with considerable frustration. From his first months in office, President Trump has accepted payments (emoluments) to his businesses (from which he has divested in name only) from domestic and foreign organizations and governments in direct contravention to the United States Constitution Article 1, Section 9, Paragraph 8:

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, 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.

and Article 2, Section 1, Paragraph 7:

The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be encreased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.

The meaning of these clauses that no federally elected official is to receive any gift, payment, or payment in kind; is so clear that no president before now has even sought to challenge them.

A further charge of obstruction of justice suggests itself from President Trump’s repeated successful attempts thus far to block the release of his tax returns. The lengths of litigation to which President Trump is willing to commit would make any reasonable person wonder at the perversities he has indulged in his tax filings.

Please include in your articles of impeachment the charges of receiving emoluments from organizations and governments both foreign and domestic. We need to set a strong precedent that our federal officials cannot accept payments of any kind from any source.