America’s opposing parties have reached common grounds in recent times, agreeing that Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest could jeopardize the credibility of his presidency. Among the ethics watchdogs, one of Hillary Clinton’s most fierce critics is asking the President-elect to strip himself of his business interests.
On Friday, December 9th, Donald Trump has received a four-page letter in which the bipartisan coalition’s members highlight the dangers of mixing business interests with national affairs. The letter clearly states that the conflict of interests resulted by combining state matters with his family business would endanger the credibility of his presidency.
As a result, by keeping his seat in the family business, questions in regard to Mr. Trump’s position on foreign and domestic policy will regularly arise. A grand total of 29 different groups and individuals have signed the letter. The letter also contains a list of the ethics watchdog groups’ members, including Richard Painter, the former top ethics lawyer under Bush’s administration, and six former elected officials.
However, maybe one of the most notable signatures belongs to Peter Schweizer. He is the head of the Government Accountability Institute. Stephen Bannon, the President-elect’s adviser is a board member of Peter Schweizer’s conservative group.
Furthermore, Mr. Schweizer was also one of the most vocal critics of Hillary Clinton. He also wrote the best-selling book Clinton Cash, which sparked a great deal of controversy over the Clintons’ involvement with the Clinton Foundation. At the time, Peter Schweizer expressed his criticism towards the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of impressive gifts from several foreign donors who were presumably seeking benefits or favors from the Clinton family.
In his transition effort and before even taking the office, the President-elect has been accused twice of conflict of interest. Several accusations were based on the fact that Mr. Trump’s daughter was allowed to take part in several meetings with foreign state leaders. Moreover, critics also turned to the President-elect’s connection with multiple hotels across Turkey, China, Argentina, and Taiwan.
In response, Donald Trump says that he will explain in detail his upcoming distancing from the family business during a press conference scheduled for next week.
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