‘This is more than about Russia…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, believes CEOs should prohibited from being president of the United States.
Why? Because they have “investments,” she said in a recent Arab American News interview.
“It creates conflict. They know this is a part-time gig and they’re not going to be there forever,” she said.
Tlaib is a Palestinian American who represents Detroit.
The idea that someone with investments and business dealings should barred from the White House would probably disallow every past and future president. But Tlaib’s point only seems to apply to President Donald Trump.
“We have no idea what his investments are,” Tlaib said.
“This is more than about Russia. We don’t want a CEO basically in the White House running his businesses. He’s not making decisions on the best interests of the American people but the best interest of his corporation. And that conflict is dangerous,” she added.
Thus far, the nearly two-years-running Russia investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has disclosed no ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Several media reports attempting to link Trump to Russia have, in fact, been discredited as false.
Nonetheless, Congressional Democrats, who yawned at secretive arrangements between the Clinton Foundation and foreign nations when Hillary Clinton was secretary of State, have attempted to force Trump into revealing his personal finances by suing him under the Constitution’s archaic emoluments clause.
Tlaib is no fan of Trump—a billionaire capitalist president who continues to oversee a booming economy and record low unemployment rates for women, blacks and Hispanics.
The freshman congresswoman was sworn into office on Jan. 3, and the same night she was caught on camera telling a group of supporters from the group Move On that “We’re gonna impeach the motherf—er.”
Tlaib’s concerns about Trump’s business background are tied directly to her desire to impeach him—despite her one-month-old congressional career.
“My articles of impeachment are going to be solely based on the fact that in the Constitution there’s a clause that states any sitting president of the United States has to completely divest from their foreign or domestic investments,” she said.
However, her reading of the Constitution might confuse most legal scholars. The emoluments clause—which dictates that presidents and federal office holders cannot accept influence payments, or effectively bribes, from foreign officials—makes no mention of business investments.
President Trump, members of Congress, federal judges and “CEOs” likely have all kinds of investments, which have nothing to do with foreign actors purchasing favorable treatment.
But Tlaib told AANews that Trump’s presence in the White House will only “lead to more CEOs and business people with similar conflicts of interest.”