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senate Bill S. 882

Should the President & Vice President Have to Place Their Financial Assets in Blind Trusts to Avoid Conflicts of Interest?

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Presidents and vice presidents currently aren’t required to put their assets into blind trusts to avoid conflicts of interest while in office. This is problematic because it gives powerful elected officials the ability to make decisions that enrich themselves while serving in a position of public trust.

RichardB's Opinion
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08/28/2019
This should not need to be asked. The emoluments clause in our constitution exists for this very reason.
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Paul's Opinion
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08/28/2019
Isn’t that the law? If they didn’t want to follow the law, they should not be allowed to run for the office. If Trump had not been allowed to run for President, we wouldn’t be in this mess now.
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John's Opinion
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08/28/2019
Absolutely! And ALL the money that 45 and his Spawn have scammed should be seized!
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Argument opposed

Given the complexity of some presidents’ finances and holdings, it’d be unduly cumbersome for them to divest of all their assets or put them all in a blind trust (which don’t always work as intended). This requirement could prevent wealthy, qualified individuals from running for president or serving as vice president.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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08/28/2019
Another Democratic & their spawns efforts to restrict future candidates Given the complexity of some presidents’ finances and holdings, it’d be unduly cumbersome for them to divest of all their assets or put them all in a blind trust (which don’t always work as intended). This requirement could prevent wealthy, qualified individuals from running for president or serving as vice president. I’m strongly opposed to the passage of the Democratic bill S.882 AKA the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2019 — would require the president and vice president to disclose and divest any potential financial conflicts of interest and require presidential appointees to recuse themselves from any specific matters involving the president's financial conflicts of interest that come before their agencies. SneakyPete. 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 8.28.19.
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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08/28/2019
This is only because liberals have TDS! This is a free country and this is not in the Constitution nor should it be. Let’s worry about important things like closing loopholes in our immigration laws and building the border wall!. If this is such a good idea then let Congress impose this on themselves first!
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Richard 's Opinion
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08/29/2019
If you are going to do that, then make it for every elected office and their spouses.
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    This should not need to be asked. The emoluments clause in our constitution exists for this very reason.
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    Another Democratic & their spawns efforts to restrict future candidates Given the complexity of some presidents’ finances and holdings, it’d be unduly cumbersome for them to divest of all their assets or put them all in a blind trust (which don’t always work as intended). This requirement could prevent wealthy, qualified individuals from running for president or serving as vice president. I’m strongly opposed to the passage of the Democratic bill S.882 AKA the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2019 — would require the president and vice president to disclose and divest any potential financial conflicts of interest and require presidential appointees to recuse themselves from any specific matters involving the president's financial conflicts of interest that come before their agencies. SneakyPete. 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 8.28.19.
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    Isn’t that the law? If they didn’t want to follow the law, they should not be allowed to run for the office. If Trump had not been allowed to run for President, we wouldn’t be in this mess now.
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    Absolutely! And ALL the money that 45 and his Spawn have scammed should be seized!
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    This is only in part covered in by the definitions within the emoluments clause. It is more broadly covered by the definitions of misdemeanors in use when the framers wrote the Constitution- which includes abusing the office of President for any unintended or unethical purposes, for example: changing tax regulation which would preferentially benefit his business interests, actions which would benefit his business interests when he leaves office, or misuse of government resources to support re-election efforts. Congress long-ago absolved itself from most of these limitations and related limits imposed on all executive branch employees. That is why so many Congressmen retire much wealthier than they were when they started. ... ... We effectively hire our president as our full time representative to our government’s highest office. The great authority and implicit power of that office should most assuredly never be used for personal gain- which, in fact, would be by definition a Constitutional misdemeanor. I want the highest executive branch officials to at least be held to the same standards required of all the rest of executive branch employees; to not engage in any activities that could even appear to be a conflict of interest. If public trust requires that a civil servant cannot misuse their position for personal gain, shouldn’t the highest civil representatives in our country be held at least to the same standard? ... From another perspective, if company X hires a new president from a competitor, company Y; the shareholders of company X and common sense ethics would demand that their new president be completely divested from their financial interests in company Y.
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    Without a doubt never before in the history of this country has a president not done this. Donald Trump is a criminal a lier and weasel! He has done nothing but prove this the whole time he’s been in office. Let’s be done with this mess, let’s lock him up.
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    It would sure alleviate a lot of controversy. All folks running for any public office should do this.
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    Duh! Of course! It’s absurd that the question is being asked! But, the Emoluments Clause is ignored amidst Congressional silent complicity along with an Attorney General who now works for the President. So, guess that’s where we are these days.
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    Now more than ever this must be so. Trumpf turned the ending of the G7 into a pimp for holding the next meeting at his Doral club.
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    This should apply to all politicians! The President and Vice President should never have even the opportunity to make decisions based on their wallet instead of what is in the best interests of the country. We have a President right now who abuses that power everyday by holding events at his own properties which he will profit from. This kind of legislation is needed now more than ever!
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    We have never had a problem with our presidents until now so pass some laws to protect us from this happening again
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    A conflict of interest is a conflict of interest. To have transparency they have to open up their books. To say they are not making any money but refusing to show proof of that is not right. Transparency!
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    Yes. Absolutely the President and Vice President and Senators and Congressional Representatives must ALL be required to place assets into a blind trust for the duration of their time in office. Absolutely. Perhaps allow a homestead property up to 1 million in value and financial assets up to 750 thousand to be kept. Everything beyond that must be placed in a blind trust - businesses, financial investments, real estate and so on. In a BLIND trust. Spouse and family members must also have restrictions. And all of it must be 100% transparent! Release tax returns and financial records to the public. All of you. ! Citizens have a right to know. And elected officials must work for WE THE PEOPLE ! And must *NOT* work for padding your own bank account! This is essential. Support this bill. Make it law. Now.
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    All elected officials should.
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    This has always been the way to avoid conflict of interest.
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    We should have a HAD a bill like this BEFORE Trump became president!! ABSOLUTELY, both the PRESIDENT & VICE PRESIDENT should have to divest themselves from any and all holdings which could present CONFLICTS OF INTEREST to them in their elected offices and it should be retroactive to this CURRENT ADMINISTRATION!!!
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    Yes obviously presidents should HAVE to place their assists in a blind trust to avoid conflict of interest, that’s why they’ve BEEN doing it out of tradition before trump shit all over it. And he has proved why it is necessary; trump wants to have the G-7 at his resort which he would profit off of. The secret service gets charged crazy bills to protect trump on his own properties. He owns a hotel that has had a spike of visitors since becoming president which is a violation of the emoluments clause according to the constitution ( for whatever reason, the courts didn’t agree with that)
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    This is common sense. The Constitution clearly states that the President should have no conflict of interest of enriching themselves. By emphasizing this will make sure the office of President is clean.
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    Just think, President Jimmy Carter had to sell/divest in his peanut farm while tRump has no morals, honor or integrity. He breaks the emoluments clause hourly.
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    Um duh. This should always be a prerequisite of all who are at the top tier of our government... No one should be able to make money off of the citizens while they are being paid using citizens tax dollars. Period.
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