Senators urged president-elect to comply with the Emoluments Clause.
U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, both D-Delaware, joined a resolution to state the sense of Congress that President-elect Donald Trump should follow the precedent established by prior presidents and convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts managed by an independent trustees or take other equivalent measures in order to ensure compliance with the U.S. Constitution.
The resolution notes that in the absence of such actions by the president-elect before he assumes office or without specific authorization by Congress, Congress will regard dealings by Trump-owned companies with any entity owned by a foreign governmental actor as potential violations of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause.
Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution provides 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.”
Joining Carper and Coons in introducing his resolution as original co-sponsors are Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland; Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont; Harry Reid, D-Nevada; Dick Durbin, D-Illinois; Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Maryland; Barbara Boxer, D-California; Ron Wyden, D-Oregon; Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island; Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan; Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island; Tom Udall, D-New Mexico; Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon; Michael Bennet, D-Colorado; Al Franken, D-Minnesota; Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin; Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut; Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii; Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico; Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts; Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts; and Cory Booker, D-New Jersey.