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Former Bush ethics lawyer: Trump is ‘going to be in violation of the Constitution on Day 1’

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A former ethics attorney for the George W. Bush administration raised alarms about Donald Trump’s potential conflicts of interest — and he’s seen no evidence the president-elect’s team takes the issue seriously.

Trump said Tuesday during a meeting with New York Times editors and reporters that the law was “totally” on his side, because “the president can’t have a conflict of interest” — and that attitude deeply troubles Richard Painter, the chief White House ethics lawyer from 2005 to 2007.

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“I don’t see how the Electoral College can vote for someone to become president who’s going to be in violation of the Constitution on Day 1, and hasn’t assured us he’s not in violation,” Painter said. “This is just as important as your birth certificate, more important than your birth certificate, or proof of age or what other requirements there are to become president of the United States.”

Painter said he suggested Wednesday morning to Kellyanne Conway that Trump should address potential conflicts with the U.S. Constitution’s emolument clause by turning over to the U.S. government for audit any payments made to his businesses by foreign governments or their entities after his inauguration.

The obscure constitutional clause bars anyone “holding any office of profit or trust” from accepting compensation from “any king, prince or foreign state” without congressional approval.

“So far, they are showing no willingness (to address potential conflicts of interest), and saying the message to me that they aren’t even interested in my advice because I didn’t support Donald Trump for president,” Painter said.

“Well, now he is the president for all of us, all the American people, he’s going to be, and he needs to comply with the Constitution at a bare minimum,” Painter continued. “They need to recognize the problem and address it.”

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US military brought in to monitor police brutality protests in 7 states: leaked documents

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According to an exclusive report from The Nation, based upon Defense Department documents, U.S. military members are being dispatched to seven different states to monitor the activities of Americans who have taken to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis cops.

The report, by the Nation's Ken Klippenstein, notes that states include, "Minnesota, where a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, the military is tracking uprisings in New York, Ohio, Colorado, Arizona, Tennessee, and Kentucky, according to a Defense Department situation report," with the author pointing out, "Notably, only Minnesota has requested National Guard support."

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‘Absolute vacuum in leadership’: Internet shreds ‘coward’ Trump for hiding as 75 cities protest

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President Donald Trump is under fire Sunday after the White House announced he will not be seen today despite five days and nights of protests in more than 75 cities across the country and governors in at least ten states activating the National Guard.

Possibly more than at any time during his three-and-a-half year old administration Trump is taking tremendous criticism for how he has managed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and for his handling of the protests against the killing by police of George Floyd.

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Trump boasts he’s about to declare Antifa a ‘Terrorist Organization’

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Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to announce that he will be "designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization."

The brief tweet followed several others blaming violence at George Floyd protests on the loosely organized group of anarchists.

The president wrote, "The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization."

You can see the tweets below:

The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020

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