[quote=“CommonDreams, post:1, topic:42763”]“The president’s position is that none of these plaintiffs fits the legal criteria of ‘standing’ – that is, they can’t claim to have been personally injured so they cannot sue. But it is hard to imagine who would have standing if not these plaintiffs. Accepting Trump’s argument would effectively mean that no one would ever be able to sue over violations of the emoluments clauses.”
“Long ago, in ‘Marbury vs. Madison’, the Supreme Court explained that the Constitution exists to limit the actions of the government AND GOVERNMENT OFFICERS, and these limits are meaningless if they cannot be enforced. Trump’s assertion that no one can sue him based on the emoluments clauses would render these provisions meaningless.”[/quote] Our last basically decent President, too honest to be effective in the D.C. swamp, understood this. As quoted
in The Onion, Jimmy Carter recently stated, “Boy, times sure have changed, haven’t they? I couldn’t help but notice that the current occupant of the White House owns more than 500 companies, has business interests across the Middle East and Asia, and owes hundreds of millions of dollars to banks he is now responsible for regulating. It seems a touch unfair that a bigger fuss was made about my little peanut operation than all his office towers, hotels, and golf courses combined. All I had was a farm, you know? A small, precious farm.”
IMHO, Tweetle-Dumb would have been better off if he had just stayed under his gilded rock. But his monumental ego got in the way, so he just HAD to ‘get even’ with O’Bummer for making a public laughing stock of him at that dinner a couple of years ago. Now the spotlight is trained on him, and although he is temporarily ‘raking it in’, it’s pretty likely that at some point he’s going to have to surrender most of the emoluments he’s been receiving while President. I for one hope that the attention his hubris has attracted will lead to convic- tions for his previous crimes, not just the current ones, but fear that if Trumpty-Dumpty actually is impeached and thrown out of office that Pence – like Ford before him – will pardon ALL of his predecessor’s crimes, not just his Presiduncial ones, and those of his family as well.