Senate Democrats are gearing up to introduce legislation that would force President-elect Donald Trump to divest from any financial conflicts of interest and place his assets into a blind trust—just as Trump appears to be blurring the line between his personal life and public office more than ever.
The bill would also consider any ethics violation cause for impeachment, The Hill reported.
Earlier this week, Trump postponed a press conference scheduled for Thursday that would have ostensibly clarified how his companies would run while he was in the White House, a move that prompted widespread criticism for a president-elect with historic conflicts of interest.
A day after announcing that his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, would take over his businesses, Trump allowed his children to sit in on what the Washington Post describes as “one of his biggest policy meetings yet, attended by the country’s top tech-industry elites and Trump Cabinet nominees.”
The Post‘s Drew Harwell writes:
Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Ben Cardin (Md.), Chris Coons (Del.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), and Jeff Merkley (Ore.) said Thursday they would introduce legislation that would require Trump to “disclose and divest” financial assets that pose conflicts of interest, amid fears that he would use his new powers to benefit his family’s corporate empire.
“The American people deserve to know that the President of the United States is working to do what’s best for the country—not using his office to do what’s best for himself and his businesses,” Warren said.
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