How pathetic and conspiratorial are Democrats? This pathetic and conspiratorial. If it can be made into collusion, i’s collusion.
The Washington Examiner reports that on Tuesday, Democrat Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal suggested that President Donald Trump is colluding with a country other than Russia to the detriment of the United States…China.
In a call with reporters, Blumenthal said a Chinese bank renting space at Trump Tower in New York is illegal without congressional permission and may be influencing Trump’s policy decisions.
“To be really blunt, an arm of the Chinese government is paying President Trump rent for his building, and last year as you all know China granted President Trump 40 trademarks,” the Connecticut Democrat said on a conference call.
“These approvals of trademarks closely followed the president’s abrupt decision as president to honor the One-China Policy, a reversal of his earlier position,” he said. “Shortly after receiving those trademark registrations, President Trump flip-flopped on labeling China a currency manipulator.”
“As he travels to China, we’re left wondering, Americans are left wondering if President Trump is representing American interests or his own, and which he’s going to put first,” he said.
Blumenthal, one of the wealthiest members of Congress, is the named plaintiff in Blumenthal v. Trump, which claims Trump is violating the Foreign Emoluments Clause by not receiving permission from Congress to have foreign-government tenants. In addition to the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Trump Tower is home to the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.
Two hundred Democratic lawmakers have signed on to Blumenthal’s lawsuit regarding the obscure clause, which says “no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”
Cornell law professor and conservative blogger William Jacobson has written that “In a rational world, this lawsuit would have zero chance of success,” and former House of Representatives senior legal counsel Michael Stern has written that he finds the logic of Blumenthal’s lawsuit to be overly broad, asking that “If it is that easy to receive an ’emolument,’ how is it that this issue has never come up before?”
More interestingly, Blumenthal himself could be setting himself up for the very charge he’s leveling at Trump, because the People’s Daily newspaper happens to be a tenant in the Empire State Building, which is managed by his wife’s family.
Blumenthal has in the past attempted to square that circle by noting that his wife, not he, owns a stake in the building … without addressing how by that exact same logic, all Trump would have to do to escape the lawsuit is transfer his financial stake in Trump Tower to Melania and/or his kids.
Naturally, inquiries about all this collusion nonsense got shut down on the conference call:
[Blumenthal] departed the call before a question and answer period with legal experts.
A moderator on the Constitutional Accountability Center-hosted call would not allow the experts to address whether Blumenthal is himself violating the clause. “The focus of this call is on the president and the lawsuit against him for his patent violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause,” the moderator said.
Ah, liberals … you gotta give ’em points for creativity, if not consistency, in their collusion theories.
Hat tip: Zero Hedge