Dina Titus (D-NV) joins the call for an impeachment inquiry and says she will focus on Trump’s violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution. Specifically, she will investigate Trump properties in D.C. receiving bribes from foreign interests. Because that’s what emoluments are. And they are illegal.
She is my House representative and I am gloriously happy with this. Nevada flipped hard blue in 2016. Titus is chair of House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on public buildings
“As long as the president continues to personally profit from the Trump Hotel in Washington, he is essentially accepting bribes from giant corporations looking for sweetheart deals and from foreign interests currying favor,” Titus said in a statement.
Titus is the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on public buildings, which oversees the General Services Administration.
Excerpts from her Twitter video:
“My decision isn’t based on my disagreements with the President’s policies or my disapproval of his temperament, though I have both, I’m calling for an impeachment inquiry because of the mounting evidence that Donald Trump has repeatedly broken the law to protect his own interests.”
“To be clear, misleading the public and the press is not an impeachable offense. But lying to law enforcement officials who are investigating the Russian attack on our democracy – and ordering his staff to do the same – are serious crimes.”
“And on its own, greed is not an impeachable offense. But after his election, Donald Trump refused to divest from his businesses despite obvious conflicts of interests. So now he’s profiting from foreign government officials who are trying to curry favor by staying at his hotels – even though the emoluments clause of the Constitution prevents the President from accepting foreign payments. In the Constitution, those payments are called ‘emoluments,’ but today you can just call them ‘bribes.’”
“Either way it’s unethical and illegal. The subcommittee I lead is going to recharge its investigation into those foreign payments when Congress returns to Washington in September. Rest assured I am going to demand answers.”
“My former college students know that the Founding Fathers never intended to allow the President to commit crimes whenever and wherever he wanted. I know it too. So it falls to Congress to make sure that no President is above the law – and for this President, that means an impeachment inquiry.”