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4 (And maybe 5) Grounds to Impeach Trump

By my count, there are now four grounds to impeach Donald Trump. The fifth appears to be on its way.

First, in taking the oath of office, a president promises to “faithfully execute the laws & the constitution.” That’s Article II Section 2. 

But Trump is unfaithfully executing his duties as president by accusing his predecessor, president Obama, of undertaking an illegal and impeachable act, with absolutely no evidence to support the accusation.

Second, Article I Section 9 of the Constitution forbids government officials from taking things of value from foreign governments. But Trump is making big money off his Trump International Hotel by steering foreign diplomatic delegations to it, and will make a bundle off China’s recent decision to grant his trademark applications for the Trump brand – decisions Chinese authorities arrived at directly because of decisions Trump has made as president.

Third: The 1st Amendment to the Constitution bars any law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” But Trump’s ban on travel into the United States from 6 muslim countries – which he initiated, advocated for, and oversees – violates that provision.

Fourth: The 1st Amendment also bars “abridging the freedom of the press.” But Trump’s labeling the press “the enemy of the people,” and choosing who he invites to news conferences based on whether they’ve given him favorable coverage, violates this provision.

A fifth possible ground if the evidence is there: Article II Section 3 of the Constitution defines “treason against the United States” as “adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”

Evidence is mounting that Trump and his aides colluded with Russian operatives to win the 2016 presidential election.

Presidents can be impeached for what the Constitution calls “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Trump. The practical question is whether there’s the political will.

As long as Republicans remain in the majority in the House, where a bill of impeachment originates, it’s unlikely. Another reason why it’s critically important to flip the House in 2018.

Night view looking southeast of Midtown Manhattan from the top of Times Square’s Marriott Marquis Hotel, in the Summer of 1987. The 45-story Interchem Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1969) are at left, and the 40-story New York Telephone Building (Kahn & Jacobs, 1974) with the 102-story Empire State Building (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931) are visible at center.

Photo: Unknown.

Source: Michael George “New York Today” (New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1988)

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On this day in music history: July 31, 1969 - Elvis Presley begins a successful run of shows at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Still riding high off of the momentum generated by the “‘68 Comeback Special” and having scored major hits with “In The Ghetto” (#3 Pop) and the album “From Elvis In Memphis”, Presley and his manager Colonel Tom Parker will receive an offer from the newly opened International Hotel (later renamed the Las Vegas Hilton) to play a one month long residency. Initially, Presley is hesitant to accept the offer, having played Vegas in 1956 and was met by a tepid response from audiences, also nervous that he has not performed live concerts in nearly a decade. A deal is reached with the venue and Elvis begins the first of fifty seven performances at the hotel beginning on July 31, 1969. Backed by a crack band that features guitarist James Burton, bassist Jerry Scheff and The Sweet Inspirations (background vocals), Elvis takes to the stage in front of a sold out crowd of 2,200 fans with numerous celebrities present including actor Cary Grant and rock & roll legend Fats Domino. The audience give him a standing ovation that lasts several minutes before he can sing a note. The residency is an overwhelming success, which leads to Elvis signing a five year contract with the hotel, appearing twice a year (beginning in February of 1970), and is guaranteed an annual salary of one million dollars.

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Trump Trolled over Emoluments

Tonight, the Trump International Hotel in DC, is the target of some clever members of the Resistance. The three projections have been on the building facade for over two hours with no sign of anyone coming to stop it. Point of reference, I believe that the EPA is directly across the street from the Trump International.

Park Avenue and 57th Street looking south, shortly before Christmas, 1963. The First National City Bank Building (Carson & Lundin-Kahn & Jacobs, 1961) are on foreground, left, with the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (Schultze & Weaver, 1931) and the new 50-story Chemical Bank New York Trust Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1964) under construction at background. Union Carbide (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1960), ITT (Emery Roth & Sons, 1961) and Manufacturers Hanover Trust (Emery Roth & Sons, 1961) buildings are at right. The Pan Am (Walter Gropius-Emery Roth & Sons, Pietro Belluschi, 1963) and New York General (Warren & Wetmore, 1929) are at center.

Photo: Victor Laredo.

Source: Victor Laredo, Thomas Reilly. “New York City: A Photographic Portrait” (New York, Dover, 1973).