Congressman Brady Joins Federal Lawsuit Challenging President Trump’s Violation of Constitution’s Anti-Corruption Clause

Jun 21, 2017

 

PHILADELPHIA --- Congressman Bob Brady (D., PA) and 200 Members of Congress have filed a federal lawsuit against President Trump for violating one of the Constitution’s critical anti-corruption provisions: the Foreign Emoluments Clause.  The clause prohibits the President from accepting foreign payments without seeking and receiving Congressional authorization.

“The Constitution’s Emoluments Clause is a major and vital guard against the corrupting influence of foreign governments.” said Congressman Brady. “The American people should have total confidence that the President is serving in their best interest, not to make him richer.  President Trump’s refusal to disclose or seek Congress’s authorization for his extensive foreign business interests is a blatant violation of the Constitution, and a danger to our democratic principles.  I am committed to using use every tool available to hold this President accountable to the Constitution and to the American people.”

From the beginning of his Administration, President Trump’s embrace of Russia, pandering to Saudi Arabia, and sudden weakness before China have raised more and more questions about his financial conflicts of interest. Since the lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last week, the media have revealed that President Trump has received additional foreign benefits – including new trademarks in China – and is brokering business deals in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf while regional tensions escalate.

The Emoluments Clause provides that “no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”