Still think Trump is telling the truth about not having any business ties to Russia? Still think Trump wasn’t colluding with the Russians in any way, shape, or form? A bombshell report published by The New York Times will change your mind…
Trump has constantly reminded the American people that he has no business interests in Russia.
After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my “collusion with the Russians,” nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
The New York Times, however, published a story that reveals a series of gifts given to Donald Trump from the Russian government throughout 2016. It took a little time for the Times to uncover these gifts, however, because while these gifts are indeed tied to Trump’s business dealings in Russia, they are not tied to brick and mortar “Trump-Tower”-type buildings. They are tied to intellectual property.
The Times explains:
Last year, while hacking Democrats’ emails and working to undermine the American presidential election, the Russian government also granted extensions to six trademarks for Mr. Trump that had been set to expire. The Trump trademarks, originally obtained between 1996 and 2007 for hotels and branding deals that never materialized, each had terms that were coming to an end in 2016.
Despite their inactivity, the Trump Organization sought extensions for the trademarks from Rospatent, the Russian government agency in charge of intellectual property. In a series of approvals starting in April 2016 and ending in December, Rospatent granted new 10-year terms for the trademarks, the agency’s records show.
Four of the approvals were officially registered on Nov. 8 — Election Day in the United States.
At the very least, these trademarks cast a shadow over Trump’s claims that he has no business interests in Russia. And it is quite feasible that the timing of extensions being granted could point to something much more sinister.
Nearly 200 members of Congress filed a lawsuit last week for Trump’s blatant violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prevents a President from receiving gifts from foreign governments.
The lawsuit claims Trump remains in clear violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which states that a president may not receive payments or gifts from foreign governments. Trump is in violation because he remains deeply invested in his substantial real estate empire – a business which continues to thrive from business tied to foreign governments.
Trump has “repeatedly and flagrantly violated” the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., told reporters on a conference call.
The clause says that “without the Consent of the Congress,” the president can’t accept benefits “of any kind whatever from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
Blumenthal said Trump “has never sought the consent of Congress” for the profits from deals in the more than 20 countries where he has business operations.
Just one example he offered: Trump has sought — and obtained — valuable trademarks from China’s government, but did not clear those transactions with Congress.
Blumenthal, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it took “a lot of research” involving legal experts to determine who would have legal standing to successfully sue the president. “We have standing that no one else has” because the Constitution makes it clear “the consent of Congress is absolutely essential,” he said.