Media Watchdogs Awaken From 8-Year Coma


Elections have consequences.

Donald Trump’s Business Dealings Test a Constitutional Limit

Not long after he took office, President Obama sought advice from the Justice Department about a potential conflict of interest involving a foreign government. He wanted to know whether he could accept the Nobel Peace Prize.

The answer turned on the Emoluments Clause, an obscure provision of the Constitution that now poses risks for President-elect Donald J. Trump should he continue to reap benefits from transactions with companies controlled by foreign governments.

“Emolument” means compensation for labor or services. And the clause says that “no person holding any office of profit or trust” shall “accept of any present, emolument, office or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince or foreign state” unless Congress consents.

It took David J. Barron, a Justice Department official who is now a federal appeals court judge in Boston, 13 single-spaced pages to answer Mr. Obama’s question.

Two things were clear, he wrote. The Emoluments Clause “surely” applied to the president, and the prize, which included a check for about $1.4 million, was the sort of thing that would be barred if it came from a foreign state. In the end, however, Mr. Barron concluded that Mr. Obama could accept the prize because the committee that chose him was independent of the Norwegian government and the prize itself was privately financed.

But he said that the answer would be different if a foreign government sought to make a payment to a sitting president. In a footnote, Mr. Barron added, “Corporations owned or controlled by a foreign government are presumptively foreign states under the Emoluments Clause.”

Mr. Trump’s companies do business with entities controlled by foreign governments and people with ties to them. The ventures include multimillion-dollar real estate arrangements — with Mr. Trump’s companies either as a full owner or a “branding” partner — in Ireland and Uruguay. The Bank of China is a tenant in Trump Tower and a lender for another building in Midtown Manhattan where Mr. Trump has a significant partnership interest.

Experts in legal ethics say those kinds of arrangements could easily run afoul of the Emoluments Clause if they continue after Mr. Trump takes office. “The founders very clearly intended that officers of the United States, including the president, not accept presents from foreign sovereigns,” said Norman Eisen, who was the chief White House ethics lawyer for Mr. Obama from 2009 to 2011.

“Whenever Mr. Trump receives anything from a foreign sovereign, to the extent that it’s not an arm’s-length transaction,” Mr. Eisen said, “every dollar in excess that they pay over the fair market price will be a dollar paid in violation of the Emoluments Clause and will be a present to Mr. Trump.”

The Supreme Court has never squarely considered the scope of the clause, and there are no historical analogies to help understand how it should apply to a president who owns a sprawling international business empire. Earlier presidents worked hard to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest involving a foreign power, said Zephyr Teachout, a law professor at Fordham who ran for Congress in New York this year as a Democrat and lost.

This is the same media that was uninterested in how Bill and Hillary Clinton amassed a fortune in just a few short years from giving speeches and running a charity while Hillary was in the Senate and serving as Secretary of State. This is the same media that was uninterested in Tony Rezko and Solyndra. This is the same media that didn’t give a fuck when Jon Corzine lost $1.2 billion dollars.

Here’s the thing: we’ve never had a president as rich as Donald Trump. We had a few wealthy presidents, including Washington, Jefferson, FDR, JFK and GHWB, but none of them were multi-billionaires. It’s not exactly a secret that Donald Trump is the CEO of an international business empire. And he doesn’t just own stocks that could be sold or placed into a blind trust.

I have no idea what Trump’s personal fortune consists of. Suffice it to say that his business affairs are complicated. This is not something that Trump could simply walk away from. If not handled properly, liquidating or divesting his assets would result in numerous lawsuits which would take many years to resolve.

But let’s assume for the sake of argument that Trump held a fire sale to liquidate his assets before taking office in January. The same media that are insisting that this be done would demanding the investigation of every sale, trade and transaction, alleging that Trump was paid too much by parties with nefarious intent.

So far Trump has not broken any laws that we know of. And while it is nice to see that the media has remembered their role as watchdogs of the public trust, let’s save the hysteria for when Trump actually does something illegal.


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112 Responses to Media Watchdogs Awaken From 8-Year Coma

    • swanspirit says:

      He is omitting the initial abuse, which has been coming from the Dimrats for years, especially directly from Hussein himself. The elitism, the condescension, the out and out abuse has largely been coming from the left . This lame attempt to turn this on the abused and longsuffering voters who elected Trump is more bullshit, and more abuse. Another attempt to avoid accountability, as well.

    • lateblum says:

      And guess what, I don’t give a rat’s a$$ what he wrote. I figured out what was the best for this country and it wasn’t HRC. And he’s right. I’ll be happy to neutralize their message every time by saying “That’s why Trump won.” I plan to do just that. the function of that is to shut them up – or down – whatever works.

    • kanaughty says:

      So he is saying the hamilton cast is abused? Is he living in the 1960’s? Wtf?

  1. #FakeNews

  2. votermom says:

    repost –

  3. I care nothing for the AMA’s. I do care about dead cops.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Trump has called the families, no fanfare. Oh look, Obama’s throwing another party at the WH with his celebrity pals. I wonder what those medals of freedom “cost” them, wink, wink..

    • DeniseVB says:

      Katie Pavlich is a NeverTrumper and Trump is playing rope-a-dope with them too. 🙂 Townhall-Redstate-NRO, etc.

    • elliesmom says:

      But maybe not over for Hillary. Word is the Arkansas AG is going after the Clinton Foundation. They have offices there so the AG has standing. The AG is also a woman so harder for cries of sexism. Trump can offer her the resources of the DOJ. It puts the onus of a pardon squarely on Obama if he wants to do it, and lets Trump off the hook for prosecuting a former political rival. My guess if Trump isn’t going after Hillary, Obama will leave her hanging in the wind. If Scott Adams is right, and Trump does play 3-D chess, then this is a good move. I never expected him to become embroiled in a prosecution of Hillary. Too many other things to do. The Clintons have been vanquished. Hillary looks like hell. The idea of Chelsea taking over the reins is a joke. Kind of like when Caroline Kennedy tried to get her nose under the tent.

      • DeniseVB says:

        This guy hasn’t been wrong yet…..

        • Lulu says:

          Exactly. Trump isn’t going after anyone. His appointees are. Who are lawyers. Trump personally wouldn’t go after Hillary but the civil servant lawyers will bring evidence and then what can he do but be independent and fair? Ya know?

          • DeniseVB says:

            I can’t wait for what the Trump IRS digs up on Hill’s foundation and how the Obamas’ became so darn wealthy in 8 years. ( $0 to $12million ?) Can’t be all book sales and “smart investing”. If we only had an honest media….

        • CiscoKid says:

          Trump isn’t going to use government agencies to PERSONALLY investigate/prosecute Hillary.
          Just letting the wheels of the NEW DOJ turn.

        • kanaughty says:

          Yeah i started listening to his podcast. Good group he chats with. 1 is a millienial living on a college campus. So worth the listen.

    • SHV says:

      Bannon comparing himself to Thomas Cromwell was rather odd considering Cromwell’s final outcome.

      • kanaughty says:

        Personally not sure if bannon will be there for long. Maybe two years tops. It’s like two alpha dogs. It reminds me of rahm emanual and obama tension that may occur.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I think these early picks are with the first 100 days in mind. Yes, there are insiders, swamp dwellers and other fauxrageous “picks”, T isn’t dumb, and I think he’s having a blast ! And, boy, is he frustrating the media,my favorite part of this whole process 😀

  4. DeniseVB says:

    True story.

  5. DeniseVB says:

  6. mothy67 says:

    Since Trump never planned on running for POTUS. Never pondered it for a quarter of a century. Since he’s the kind of guy that acts on a whim. I am sure he spent 100 million on a whim. Jumped in for giggles he has not thought about his financial interests until the new york times brought it to his attention.

  7. CiscoKid says:

    Full article over at Breitbart.
    Can you hear this media?
    The worlds smallest violin playing “GFY”
    We won, you lost, and will continue to lose because you’ll never wise up.
    Have a slice of 💩 pie.

    ‘I Am Emotionally F*cking Pissed’ — Triggered Media Upset After Donald Trump Meeting

    • Lulu says:

      First they violated the “off the record” agreement immediately which means they are lying liars and cannot be trusted in anything. Then they get butthurt in what was supposed to be a confidential ass chewing to communicate his displeasure with them. But they get offended that he did not “respect my authoritah” of which they have zero at the moment anyway. Silly dumb people. Why should he ever talk to any of them at all? He can just use the White House video channel to make announcements.

      • kanaughty says:

        He probably has someone looking into each news org to see who has done least biased articles to pick his press corp from. I am hoping he will have a press pool amd daily briefing and tries to be transparent.

  8. mothy67 says:

    I think its for the best that he lets hill slide. Shows him to be magnanimous. Her turn to step up and cool things down. She still has a place in history. Gotta suck — twice so close yet si far.

  9. lateblum says:

    Really, this is perfect. Ted Cruz made a joke. A really good one.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Ellen must’ve taken a private jet ? But those are even subject to DHS rules, I can’t imagine travelling w/o i.d. And I’m a nobody 😉

      • Lulu says:

        She should just go buy another zillion dollar gorgeous house, redecorate it and make it super ugly with her hideous furniture and sell it. I see her before and afters in dec magazines and they are all horrible. She can make anything uggo! So not interested in her at all.

      • lateblum says:

        Maybe she left it in her hotel room? or perhaps on DiCaprio’s pvt jet. (just kidding about the pvt jet)

  10. votermom says:

    via vox day
    from nov 14, canada busts a giant international pedo ring
    “The arrests included 40 schoolteachers, nine doctors and nurses, 32 people who volunteered with children, six law-enforcement personnel, nine pastors or priests and three foster parents,” said inspector Joanna Beavan-Desjardins.”

  11. Dora says:

    TRUMP PUNKS NY TIMES AGAIN! Sneaks in Side Door Away From Waiting Mob of Reporters (VIDEO)

    • Anthony says:

      Well that explains a lot lol. This morning I was running down 40th St (side entrance of nyt) to get to Port Authority and cops were everywhere. I asked if something was up that I should know about and explained I would cancel appts in my NJ office if there was a possibility I might not be able to get home later.

      They looked at each other & cracked up laughing, said it wasn’t terror related and I’d hear about it soon enough. Told me I might be amused by it.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I saw where DeBlasio is bitching about not being able to afford the extra protection for Melania and Barron to stay in NYC, then just whining about what a PIA Trump Tower is for him since Trump won. Funny he didn’t mention what it’s costing the city to protect the protesters? Ever since OWS and the free for all blocking sh*T without even permits required irks me more. Rally permits cost money which covers protection for whatever gripegroup wants to roll out into the streets. Since Obama, beginning with Trayvon, protesters haven’t paid a nickle, but they are PAID.

        Just thinking about this makes me Triggly Puff 😉

        • Anthony says:

          Did he mention how much tax revenue he collects from the stores in Trump Tower? Gucci alone pays for a lot of his whims, along with property tax from all the apartment owners. He’s an unhinged gasbag whose time is soon coming to a welcome end

    • mothy67 says:

      I could be wrong. I recall thinking soros was a mythical beast.
      Just find it incomprehensible. Guess it would be a great way to control politicians. Fund those with secrets and you own them.

      • votermom says:

        I know – it’s just so awful I don’t want it to be true either. But we know Hollywood has a pedo system and they never get busted.
        Good point about it being a great way to blackmail politicians. I didn’t even think of that.

        • blowme0bama says:

          That’s at least half the scam. It’s a power cult.

        • mothy67 says:

          Isn’t there a big difference between pedis and straight up perverts? I think a 15 year old is sick but a 3 year old is evil. I see hollywood as perversion but I think thats with pubescent teens. Pizzagate seems to be children. My brain will not allow me to accept that such derangement could touch the upper echelons of power. That noone nearby sensed it.

        • mothy67 says:

          Come to think of it the dims are always going on about the childrens. My god, these people who loves the childrens. Have they ever been around them. Pain in the ass, especially three girls at one time. Adore my brat, but I don’t think I could start from the beginning again.

        • cynic says:

          The artwork that Tony and John Podesta lean toward is creepy as well. There is a NY Times article about it, and people seeing the art work in Tony’s bedroom were uncomfortable with it. All you have to do is look at other artwork by that artist and know that it’s more than creepy.

          Did you see the picture hanging on the wall in John’s office? I’m just saying…..

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      In this day and age it has come to:

      If you read it in the NYT/WP/MSM calling a story fake equates to put out the fire using any means possible

      If you read it in the Enquirer – where there is smoke….there may just be a really huge fire

      • kanaughty says:

        The enquirer broke the john edwards story, right? Sometimes they do tell the news no one else is willing to report.

  12. Dora says:

    • votermom says:

      I thought Carson already said he won’t be in the cabinet?
      maybe Trump talked him into it…

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        My guess is Carson might not want anything to do with DHHS . He would prefer to be free to serve as a sounding board on health questions/issues. So perhaps Trump wants him in the Cabinet and is looking at options. He would see the need to have a couple people on board that have softer approaches but possess inner strength and can hold their own but help balance the mix.

  13. DeniseVB says:

    So, may Newtie be in the running for something? (and I’m digging the Playboy cover over Calista’s shoulder, heh)

  14. Dora says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m not judging, (much), but don’t they drug test bus drivers pretty regularly because that guy looks like a crackhead.

      Every parent’s nightmare when they put their kids on a school bus. I had to scold my local news on social media that blared 5 students dead in school bus accident in their clickbait headline. They had room to put… in Tennessee!! Can you imagine the fear that struck local parents seeing that headline?

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        Yep- he looks like he is high as kite. But he also, from the comments of the survivors, evidently knew he was driving in such a way the probability of a crash was high.

        A friends mother is a bus driver and she has said they are very strict and there are regular (known ahead) and random blood tests. She also has said it is a good thing they have random tests because they do indeed find serious problems.

        Fear in parents? Had to be off the charts because the push notices I got did not specify area and I did indeed figure it was in Metro DC and I jumped.

        • DeniseVB says:

          So clickbait headlines run nationally in local news? Made me click and I haven’t put a kid on a school bus since the mid-90’s. The grands walk to school, so ruled them out. Fortunately, location came quick, so didn’t have to go through my entire Friends/Family list on FB. Heartbreaking story and proof ALL media sucks. Bring back the 5-W’s to ALL media. Who, What, Where, When, Why. It still fits in 140 characters or less.

  15. DeniseVB says:

    Treacher and Iowahawk coming around from NeverTrumping ? The media does seem like common enemy though 😛

  16. SHV says:

    “So, may Newtie be in the running for something?”
    Sec. of Veteran Affairs….Newt has a understanding of the rot, corruption, lack of accountability that infects the VA.

    • blowme0bama says:

      Ya know, I was struggling to think of something he could do that there wasn’t a younger bright individual available – specifically, communications director, Press Secretary – I think Kellyanne Conway or Laura Ingraham would both be excellent for those positions. But Newt is a huge talent to waste if he’s willing to do the work. VA would be a good position for him.

      • lateblum says:

        I’d love to see Laura Ingraham as Press Sec. she is brilliant. So, too is Kellyanne. She’d be great as press sec as well. I think she should just go on the Sunday morning talkies for the entirety of Trump’s term(s)

    • Lulu says:

      That agency has a really bad case of the federal employee labor union syndrome. The union stewards run the place and threaten the doctors and the “administrator’s” let them. Unions only care about union members not veteran patients. And not all clinics and hospitals are affected thus but some are rotten.

    • Dora says:

      I heard that he didn’t want a position because of Trump’s 5 year ban on lobbying.

      Maybe he changed his mind.

      Or maybe I head wrong.

  17. Dora says:

    Trump on Facebook:

    “AS YOUR PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION WILL END – and the State Department will answer to YOU, the voters!”

    Don’t worry folks.

  18. votermom says:

    I am told this is a story covering the pedo ring that was busted just recently in Norway.
    It is in Norwegian

  19. You’ll never guess where I found this.

  20. kanaughty says:

    I wish trump would gove control to a board so that he can have it back after serving. Or give control to his two sons. And let ivanka act as a second first lady as long as she moves away from the company too for 4 to 8 years, because i think she is a smart advisor to her dad. She keeps him centered and thinking about both sides of arguments. There is nothing wrong with the first family acting as the first family, it’s just been awhile since there’s been adult children involved. And i am sure the democrats wouldn’t have had a problem with bill and hillary giving control of clinton foundation to chelsea for 4- 8 years either. They are just a bunch of hypocrits waiting for trump to slip up. They didn’t care about the kennedy family and joe Kennedy being so involved with jack and bobby’s gov affairs. But now they have a problem. I am sick of the hysterical hypocrisy.

    • lateblum says:

      I thought giving Chelsea control of the family business while HRC was in DC again. And I didn’t read or hear any backlash from “the country”. The hypocrisy is astounding.Puke-worthy even. imho

  21. Dora says:

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