Obama’s, Bush’s top ethics lawyers: Trump must sell businesses or Electoral College must reject him

Richard Painter, Chief Ethics Counsel for George W. Bush, and Norman Eisen, The U.S. ConstitutionChief Ethics Counsel for Barack Obama, believe that if Trump continues to retain ownership over his sprawling business interests by the time the electors meet on December 19, they should reject Trump.

In an email to ThinkProgress, Eisen explained that “the founders did not want any foreign payments to the president. Period.” This principle is enshrined in Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution, which bars office holders from accepting “any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”

This provision was specifically created to prevent the President, most of all, from being corrupted by foreign influences. Read More