Jesse Goldman, an international trade lawyer at the Canadian law firm Borden Ladner Gervais, told Business Insider that although using corruption laws to go after Trump’s businesses is “within the realm of possibility,” it would require a government to prove that the Trump Organization is linked to business actively engaged in corruption.
“That would be an absolute bombshell, it would rely on someone effectively blowing the whistle on some of those past business dealings,” Goldman said.
Gillmore argued that the current investigations by US law enforcement provides enough justification, but Goldman was not as convinced.
“It would definitely be salacious. It would change the dialogue very quickly,” Goldman said. “I would expect Canadian officials are looking at issues like that with the attitude that they’ll let domestic processes in the US unfold before even considering options like that.”