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The President is a Crook and a Traitor – And the Proof is Under Investigation

The most powerful person in the world is an amoral grifter. He has a host of other negative traits as well, but this essay will be focusing on the legal battles he is facing.

Trump has a long history of swindling people. It is in many ways litigation is his defining personality trait. Let us not forget that he began his presidency be paying tens of millions of dollars out to people he hustled with Trump University.

It is not unusual for a sitting President to be sued. President Obama faced dozens of lawsuits (1) – Berg vs. Obama alleged President Obama was born in Kenya and that his birth certificate was a forgery, Essek vs. Obama sought to prevent the inauguration of President Obama alleging that he was not a natural born citizen, Kerchner vs. Obama alleged that he was not eligible to be president, Barnett vs. Obama sought a declaratory judgment that Obama is ineligible for office and an injunction to void his actions and appointments as President – and on and on.

President Bush faced Saleh vs. Bush – for crimes of aggression against the Iraqi people and for violating the Nuremberg Principles (2).  1984 saw the Phelps vs. Reagan lawsuit where the former head of the Westboro Baptist Church Fred Phelps sued Ronald Reagan for his appointment of a U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, arguing it breached the divide between church and state (3). Of course, most folks know about the 1997 Jones vs. Clinton lawsuit (4).

And there are many other examples, mostly frivolous. It is also common for lawsuits to be filed by “federal prisoners, political activists or other citizens seeking redress from the government by suing a list of high-ranking officials” (5). This is a category of lawsuits filed as a hail-Mary, in a last ditch attempt to get a sentence commuted or shortened, or by delusional plaintiffs.

So, it’s not unusual for a president to be sued. Although with regards to President Obama a large portion of lawsuits filed against him were straight up motivated by racism.

However, the lawsuits filed against Trump are highly unusual.

Trump is or has been involved in over 4500 lawsuits. Most of them are from before he became president. I am actually going to ignore those, and instead focus on a group of lawsuits that are currently pending that list him as defendant – the big ones being violation of the emoluments clause, inciting violence, and collaborating with the Russians during the 2016 election. My read on this is that there are currently 62 lawsuits naming Trump as the defendant, and just from reading the news everyday I believe that this number will continue to grow.

 

  Current Legal Battles

 

  1. Violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed Jan 23rd, 2017. {The Hill, 18 Apr 2017}
  2. Justice Department and FBI are being sued over President Trump’s tweeted allegation of wiretapping ordered by then-President Barack Obama by a group called American Oversight on Apr 17th, 2017 {NPR, 19 Apr 2017}
  3. American Oversight is also suing the administration to turn over records related to Russian interference in the presidential campaign, integrity of a senior government officials, Reince Priebus’ communications with the FBI regarding Russian contacts with Trump associates and the campaign, and to obtain Jeff Sessions’ list of foreign contacts. { NPR, 19 Apr 2017}
  4. Kashiya Nwanguma, Molly Shah and Henry Brousseau have filed a lawsuit Apr 14th, 2017 that alleges Trump incited rally-goers to violence when they allegedly assaulted protesters during the 2016 campaign. {CNN 17 Apr 2017}
  5. From CNN, here is a list of current pending lawsuits against Trump, by category:

Campaign – 14

Real Estate – 3

Personal Injury – 13

Media/Defamation -2

Golf Club – 3

Employment – 6

Contract Dispute – 3

Casino -1

Difficult to Categorize – 17

This is a great resource for info regarding Trumps lawsuits: https://www.usatoday.com/pages/interactives/trump-lawsuits/

Also note, these legal battles don’t take into account the fact that Trump is under investigation by the FBI for collaborating with the Russians to sway the 2016 election (6).  And not just Trump. FBI Director James Comey stated that the FBI is investigating whether his entire campaign collaborated with the Russians, and includes the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign (7).

The FBI investigation is a pretty big deal. At this time, it’s not clear who is involved and to what extent, nor is it clear what the consequences will be. What is clear is that Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election and should be sitting in the Oval Office now.
Daniel Cashman, EAMP, MS (AOM), NCCAOM Dipl. Acupuncture

 

 

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama_presidential_eligibility_litigation
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2014/07/11/republicans-v-obama-and-other-lawsuits-against-presidents/?utm_term=.62e7fd672f6f
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. https://www.usatoday.com/pages/interactives/trump-lawsuits/

6.https://www.democracynow.org/2017/3/21/fbi_head_trump_campaign_under_investigation

  1. Ibid.

 

 

 

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