One of the biggest selling points of Donald Trump was that he was an outsider who pledged to combat corruption and “drain the swamp.” Well, in a wonderful show of bipartisanship, Katherine Clark (D-MA) has introduced a bill that will help him ensure that his administration is free from corruption.
On Nov. 17, she introduced the Presidential Accountability Act, which would require the president and vice president to place their assets in a blind trust to ensure that they will not make decisions based on their financial self-interest.
Her official website states:
‘Current law prohibits federal office holders from engaging in government business when they stand to gain profit. The President and Vice President are currently exempt from this statute. Clark’s Presidential Accountability Act removes this exemption and requires the President and Vice President to place their assets in a certified blind trust or disclose to the Office of Government Ethics and the public when they make a decision that affects their personal finances. This issue has been elevated to greater importance as concerns of conflicts of interest have surfaced in the first week of the President-elect’s transition period.’
The decisions made by the President of the United States will have a profound impact on the American people and the world as a whole. It is imperative that Congress does everything it can to ensure that the president acts only in the best interests of the American people and the world.
On her website, Clark explains that every recent president has taken steps to ensure that their financial interests do not conflict with those of the American people. However, many are concerned that Trump’s decision to place his business in the hands of his children could lead to conflicts of interest.
— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) November 17, 2016
Throughout the campaign, Trump railed against the Clinton Foundation as a source of corruption, but his choice to entrust his business to his children is raising red flags for many people. Regardless of what one thinks of the Clinton Foundation, Bill and Hillary had made plans to place the charity into a blind trust to prevent any potential conflicts of interest. Trump, so far, has made no such plans for his business.
As far as penalties go, the bill declares that “(f) A violation of subsection (a) shall constitute a high crime and misdemeanor for the purposes of Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution.” Thus, violation of this law would be grounds for impeachment.
Getting this law passed might prove difficult, but if you would like to help then be sure to contact your congressional representatives. You can find their contact information here. If President-elect Trump is as devoted to fighting corruption as he says, then he’ll surely support this law.
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