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The US Constitution and Donald Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

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Emolument. It’s a word that a lot of people have been using lately, but what does it mean? In 1787, our founding fathers came together in Philadelphia to draft the United States Constitution. At the time, it was a common practice for the King of England and other heads of state to bestow gifts on foreign diplomats as a way to curry favor. But our founders believed that corruption destroyed other republics, and they wanted to protect against these conflicts of interest in the new United States.

So, why does the emoluments clause matter today, and what does this have to do with President-Elect, Donald Trump?

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