Warren And Democrats To Introduce Conflict Of Interest Legislation

SPRINGFIELD, MA - JUNE 2: Elizabeth Warren speaks during the 2012 Massachusetts Democratic Endorsing Convention, held at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. (Photo by Aram Boghosian/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and thirty Congressional Democrats will introduce legislation on Monday that would have President-elect Donald Trump drop any “conflicts of interest” while serving in the White House.

The President Conflict of Interest Act would mandate that Trump, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, their spouses and dependent children disclose and divest any conflicts of interest into a blind trust.

According to The Hill, this legislation would make it so that any conflict of interest or ethics rules violation applying to executive branch employees would be a “high crime or misdemeanor,” and subject them to impeachment.

This legislation is also designed to block presidential appointees from making any decisions that are directly tied to the financial holdings or businesses of the president or his spouse.

The legislation also includes a proposal by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that would require presidents and presidential nominees to disclose three years’ worth of tax returns.

“The American people deserve to know that the President of the United States is working to do what’s best for the country ― not using his office to do what’s best for himself and his businesses,” Warren said in a statement. “The only way for President-elect Trump to truly eliminate conflicts-of-interest is to divest his financial interests by placing them in a blind trust. This has been the standard for previous presidents, and our bill makes clear the continuing expectation that President-elect Trump do the same.”

Since the House and Senate are both controlled by Republicans, this legislation will likely fail.

On Wednesday, Trump will be a holding a press conference where he is expected to discuss a plan to address any conflicts of interest while serving in the White House.


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