On Dec. 19, the Electoral College officially confirmed Republican President-elect Donald Trump as the next president of the United States. But with one month left until the inauguration, a growing opposition is calling out various conflicts of interest for the president-elect that could potentially lead to impeachment.
“It’s a very real problem,” Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House and Trump supporter, told NPR, reports Vanity Fair. “I don’t think this is something minor. I think certainly in an age that people are convinced that government corruption is widespread both in the U.S. and around the world, you can’t just shrug and walk off from it.”
Trump, whose Trump Organization has a hand in business dealings around the globe, has already caused an uproar because of the various meetings with heads of states in which he brought up personal business requests.
ThinkProgress reports that the Embassy of Kuwait succumbed to pressure to cancel a planned National Day celebration at the Washington D.C. Four Seasons hotel and hold it at the Trump International Hotel instead.
If Trump is found to have violated the Emolument Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which states “no person holding any office of profit or trust under” the United States “shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state,” he may face impeachment charges.
“In the case of the president, he has a broad ability to organize the White House the way he wants to,” Gingrich continued, reports Vanity Fair. “He also has, frankly, the power of the pardon. It’s a totally open power. He could simply say, ‘Look, I want them to be my advisers. I pardon them if anyone finds them to have behaved against the rules.' Period. Technically, under the Constitution, he has that level of authority.”
On Nov. 30, Trump tweeted: “I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on December 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my ... great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
The press conference has since been pushed to January.