A former ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush suggested in an interview Friday that the Electoral College should consider not voting for President-elect Trump if he doesn't move to address certain conflicts of interest related to his business empire.
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Richard Painter, Bush's chief White House ethics lawyer from 2005 to 2007, about the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C, whose building, the Old Post Office Pavilion, is leased from the federal government. That lease explicitly states elected officials may play no role in or benefit from the arrangement.
Painter argued that the conflicts of interest presented by the hotel didn’t end with the General Services Administration, which controls the lease and whose leadership Trump may appoint as president.
“Foreign diplomats come stay in that hotel, and foreign governments want to throw parties in that hotel,” Painter said. “There’s a provision in the Constitution that says that persons holding positions of trust with the United States government cannot take payments from foreign governments. It’s called the Emoluments Clause, that’s a fancy word for ‘No Pay-Offs From Foreign Governments’ Clause." Full article here