In a discussion with “Young Turks” reporter Eric Byler at the Bowie State University health care rally this weekend, newly elected Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, revealed that one of his first orders of business will be impeaching the president-elect.
“Right now it looks pretty obvious that he’s on a ,” he noted. “He has refused to divest himself of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars of business interests he has around the world doing business with foreign governments.”
As Raskin rightly observes, the Emoluments Clause is designed to inoculate the executive office from corrupting foreign influences.
“It says that no elected official, either member of Congress or the president of the United States, can accept a gift, an emolument or any payment at all from a foreign government,” Raskin continuted. “He [Trump] just simply refuses to accept that reality. So if he goes into office and he refuses to divest himself, the moment that the first conflict comes up, that’s going to look like an impeachable offense.”
Raskin knows what he’s talking about. In addition to representing Maryland’s eighth congressional district, he is a constitutional law and legislation professor at American University in Washington, D.C., and the director of the university’s Program on Law and Government Leadership. He is also a major of the national popular vote agreement discussed at the House Judiciary Committee’s forum, “The Electoral College and the Future of American Democracy,” which took place four weeks after Trump’s election.
In the meantime, Raskin aims to hold Trump accountable for his health care-related campaign promises.
“[Trump] has said in questions about health care that we need health care for everybody,” Raskin told rally goers.
“Look it up. He has said that we need a universal plan.”