Almost immediately following the conclusion of inaugural festivities in Washington on Friday, two groups behind an effort to remove President Trump from office launched a website calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against America’s new chief executive.
According to the website, ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org, two left-wing advocacy groups, Free Speech for People and RootsAction, have aligned to oust the 45th president. Both groups claim to be non-partisan.
Specifically citing President Trump’s “refusal to divest from his business interests,” the groups charge Trump is in violation of the Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause and potentially in violation of both the domestic emoluments clause and federal STOCK Act.
Under the heading “Why Impeachment,” the website reads:
“Given the opportunity of ten full weeks between the election and the inauguration to divest his business interests, Mr. Trump chose instead to announce, just nine days before inauguration, a wholly inadequate plan to step away from operations, but not ownership or income streams, of the Trump Organization. Instead, he has chosen to profit from the presidency at public expense, in violation of the United States Constitution. The violations, the corruption, and the threat to our republic are here now.”
The website follows with several examples of the New York businessman’s alleged conflict of interests, including: Licensing deals with two Trump Towers in Istanbul, extensive business dealings with foreign governments, businesses owned by foreign governments and other foreign leaders.
The launching of ImpeachDonaldJTrump.org follows a similar site, Impeach-Trump.com, and a Change.org petition to remove Trump which argues the president should not be someone perceived as “openly homophobic, racist, xenophobic and sexist.”
A related effort is being undertaken by the ACLU, which is planning a series FOIA requests and lawsuits against the Trump administration in the name of transparency and human rights.
“We think that President Trump will be in violation of the Constitution and federal statutes on day one, and we plan a vigorous offense to ensure the worst of the constitutional violations do not occur,” said ACLU executive director Anthony Romero.
[The Hill] [Washington Post] [Photo courtesy AP via U.S. News & World Report]