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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Joins Nearly 200 Lawmakers in Emoluments Lawsuit Against President Trump

June 20, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON—Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement after joining 196 Members of the Senate and House of Representatives on a lawsuit to compel President Trump to comply with the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution.
“The emoluments clause is a critical anti-corruption provision of the constitution that I believe the President has violated. Foreign governments have granted preliminary approval of trademarks, paid to stay at Trump hotels, and are leasing space at Trump properties, exposing the administration to a grave financial conflicts of interest. It’s our job in Congress to hold the President accountable, not to ourselves or our party, but to the American people and the Constitution.”
 
Violations
 
Trump has conflicts of interest in at least 25 countries and it appears he is using his presidency to maximize his profits. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, which is owned by China, and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, which is owned by the United Arab Emirates, both pay to lease space at Trump properties in New York City. 
 
Paying for rooms at Trump Hotel:
  • Violation: In January 2017, a lobbying firm working for Saudi Arabia spent $270,000 on rooms and other expenses at President Trump’s Washington hotel after Inauguration Day.
  • Decision: Trump makes Saudi Arabia the first country he visits as president and completely ignores their human rights issues. 
Benefits to Trump Organizations:
  • Violation: Since Trump became President, the Chinese government swiftly granted preliminary approval of 38 new trademarks worth millions to Trump and one of his companies. 
Issues: