SHOULD DONALD TRUMP
RESIGN FROM OFFICE?
A NATIONAL VOTE


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If you would like to help Petition For a NATIONAL VOTE ON WHETHER DONALD TRUMP SHOULD RESIGN FROM OFFICE email us at: contact@nationalreferendum.org

NOTE: More than SIXTY House Democrats sent a letter, on May 28, 2018, to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics Acting Director David Apol  regarding very possible ethical violations by Donald Trump. (LETTER BELOW, Source: https://twitter.com/davidcicilline/status/1000734307659472896

Read the full letter below:

David J. Apol

Acting Director U.S. Office of Government Ethics 1201 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 500 Washington, DC 20005

Dear Acting Director Apol:

We write to express our strong concerns about the recent dealings between President Donald J. Trump, the Trump Organization and the Chinese government, which may have violated U.S. laws on the acceptance of payments or gifts by public officials.

As you know, the Trump Organization, with the profits going to President Trump, signed a deal to license President Trump's name as part of a theme park development project outside of Jakarta, Indonesia. The project will be built by a Chinese state-owned construction company and will include several Trump-branded properties, such as residential developments, shops, a hotel and a golf course. On May 11, 2018, the South China Morning Post reported that the Chinese government is providing $500 million in loans for the Indonesian theme park project.

The Chinese government's loan provides a clear financial benefit to President Trump. Despite the nearly unanimous recommendation by legal experts that he divest from his business interests before assuming the presidency, he failed to do so, instead placing his adult children in charge of day-to-day operations. The President also retains interest in his businesses via a revocable trust, from which he can draw funds at any time of his choosing. Therefore, the President will be able to monitor the Indonesian project and earn a profit if it succeeds.

Three days after news broke of the Chinese government's loan to the Trump project, the President announced that he ordered his administration to save ZTE, one of China's biggest telecommunications companies, from the brink of collapse. Last month, the Commerce Department blocked American firms from selling parts or providing services to ZTE for seven years, after the company violated an agreement to pay a $1.2 billion fine for conspiring to sell U.S. technology to Iran and North Korea. After only five weeks of being denied U.S. parts. ZTE has lost millions of dollars and is in the midst of shutting down production operations. To relieve pressure on the company, President Trump pledged that the Commerce Department will ease restrictions on ZTE. On May 22, 2018, The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. and China had agreed on a broad outline of a deal to lift the sales ban on ZTE.

We believe that these events raise several potential constitutional and ethical violations. First, the Chinese government's loan may invoke the Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution, which prohibits officials holding an "office of profit or trust" from accepting payments or gifts from a foreign government without the consent from Congress.

Furthermore, the extremely short time between the Chinese's government's loan and President Trump's order to roll back penalties on ZTE warrants a review of any applicable federal ethics regulations.

Therefore, we ask you to investigate the following matters.

  • Whether the Emolument Clause applies to the $500 million loan by the Chinese government used to finance an Indonesian theme park project with several projected Trump-branded properties;
  • Whether President Trump sought and obtained the consent of Congress before the Chinese government made the $500 million loan benefiting Trump properties; and

  • Whether any federal statute regarding conflicts of interest or ethics may apply
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    The 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution  allows a President to resign. In 1974 President Richard Nixon resigned.

    We are living in a time like no other. The country is totally divided. We have never had a President like Donald Trump. Even the people who voted for Donald Trump can't say honestly they had any idea that his Presidency would turn out the way it has.

    The allegations against Donald Trump keep coming. It is time to decide whether Donald Trump should continue to be President.

    Therefore we are stating that there should be a National Vote on whether Donald Trump should stay in office.

     


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