Report: Blumenthal May Be Subject to Same Emoluments Clause He Blasts Trump ForAugust 23, 2017
This would not be the first time Richard Blumenthal has been accused of hypocrisy in 2017.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) may be guilty of benefiting from the very same Emoluments Clause he wants President Trump investigated for, according to a new report from the Washington Examiner.
The Examiner tracked down Blumenthal’s office after some legal blogs accused Blumenthal, whose wife holds investments in Empire State Realty, which owns the Empire State Building, of benefiting from foreign emoluments.
Attorney Michael Stern wrote last week on the Point of Order legal blog that Blumenthal’s financial disclosure forms suggest he has an interest in the Empire State Building, which is managed by his wife’s family and has at least one foreign government-owned entity as a tenant.
“By Blumenthal’s own theory,” Stern wrote, “he is receiving a prohibited emolument.”
Blumenthal has been pushing the emoluments issue for months:
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) June 20, 2017
Director Shaub's departure makes #emoluments action even more important – to assure the President puts America's interests ahead of his own.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) July 7, 2017
Blumenthal argues Trump may be benefiting from foreign payments to his chain of hotels, restaurants, and other businesses. According to the Examiner, Blumenthal’s spokeswoman said the senator does not benefit from emoluments because “Sen. Blumenthal does not personally own any of the assets.”
But his wife does.
This would not be the first time Blumenthal is accused of hypocrisy in 2017. Fourteen Medal of Honor recipients blasted Blumenthal over “stolen valor” from his Vietnam controversy in February.
And, of course, this may be fodder for President Trump, who has attacked Blumenthal numerous times this year.
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