Letter: Congress should pursue emoluments clause violations

(Butch Dill | AP file photo) A man wears a hat with President President Donald Trump's campaign slogan in Montgomery, Ala., on Nov. 6, 2018.

It’s a real shame that Congress, so far, has elected not to pursue violations of the emoluments clause among the serious “high crimes and misdemeanors” at the base of grounds for impeachment of President Donald Trump, along with others in his family and immediate supporters.

Rummage through the motivations that seem to drive this gang, and see for yourself. Money is the primary currency of emoluments violations, though status may loom as another — given election of Trump to a second term in 2020.

“Great” on that MAGA hat may be based in a Trump-era grant or sale of any of the spectacular scenic or historical sites, most of them in the American West.

We need not scratch our heads over Trump motivations to sell off public lands, any more than to doubt his motivations for a Trump Tower in Moscow, or the First Daughter’s 38 Chinese patents, or desire to host the international governments’ deputations to events like the G7 at the Doral Golf Course.

Trump is a “businessman,” so we should recognize that “business” is just a matter of degree, in this case wildly extreme, as is clearly visible with Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Jared Kushner, Rudy Giuliani, or any of this intensely avaricious mob.

“Get over it” may be useful in the event of that second term election. Emoluments may dramatize why the Trump Mob wants election influence from anywhere and everywhere, to the exclusion of advocacy for the U.S. Constitution or other formerly paramount national interests.

Ivan Weber, Salt Lake City

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