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The ACLU Is Taking Legal Action Against Trump Regarding Potential Conflicts of Interest

Posted by on Jan. 26, 2017 at 10:11 PM
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The ACLU Is Taking Legal Action Against Trump Regarding Potential Conflicts of Interest

We are bringing the first legal action using the Freedom of Information Act to underscore the fact that President Trump is not above the law."

Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy
JAN 20, 2017 2:39PM EST

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is welcoming Donald Trump to his new role of 45th President of the United States by taking legal action, seeking documents on Trump’s potential conflicts of interest and violations of the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clause, which prevents any member of government from receiving any kind of gifts from a foreign government.

Yesterday, the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, asking a number of government agencies to turn over all documents relating to President Trump’s actual or potential conflicts of interest to his business and family connections. The request includes email and all other communications from these agencies to and from the presidential transition team.

In a statement, Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the ACLU, explained, “We are bringing the first legal action using the Freedom of Information Act to underscore the fact that President Trump is not above the law. Trump took the oath, but he didn’t take the steps necessary to ensure that he and his family’s business interests comply with the Constitution and other federal statutes. Freedom of information requests are our democracy’s X-ray, and they will be vitally important to expose and curb the abuses when the administration attempts to enact some of their unconstitutional proposals.”

But that’s not all: This morning, the ACLU also announced a seven-point plan laying out how they intend to challenge Trump policies and protect the Constitution through the group’s new Constitution Defense Fund, which was established after the election. The seven points of the plan are demanding government accountability and transparency, protecting the rights of immigrants, defending reproductive rights, securing the First Amendment, advancing LGBT rights, defending core civil rights and civil liberties from erosion, and mobilizing Americans to defend the Constitution.

Over the next four years, the ACLU has announced that they will be adding up to 100 full-time employees across the country to implement the seven-point plan.

Many people are concerned over conflicts of interest with regard to the new president. Earlier this month, Trump said that, contrary to earlier statements, he would not be putting his businesses into a blind trust, but rather turning his businesses over to his sons to run while he is in office. And with Trump still having a financial stake in his businesses, and his decision to not bar foreign dignitaries from staying at his hotels or other properties, the concerns about Trump’s financial entanglements with foreign governments is understandable — and why ACLU’s move is just the latest cry in a growing swell of concern.

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/aclu-legal-action-donald-trump-conflicts-of-interest
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