This is Trump’s latest scheme to profit off of his time in public office. In less than three years, Trump’s failure to divest from his businesses and his actions as president have resulted in more than 2,300 conflicts of interest between his administration and his personal financial interests, according to a report released this month by my organization, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Those conflicts are not merely a breach of Trump’s campaign promise to “drain the swamp” — they also constitute abuses of the powers of his high office that should be the subject of an impeachment inquiry.
President Trump’s failure to divest from his businesses was the original sin of his presidency, because that failure made conflicts of interest inevitable. It meant that countless decisions he would make as president would have the potential to be influenced by his own financial interests.