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house Bill H.R. 1481

Should Presidents & Vice Presidents be Subject to Civil and Criminal Penalties for Conflict of Interest Violations?

Argument in favor

Presidents and vice presidents aren’t above the law. As such, they should be subject to the same conflict of interest restrictions as any other federal employee in order to ensure they make policy with the American people’s best interests at heart.

Kimberly 's Opinion
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04/27/2019
No one is above the law. The president and vice president are offices that must be held with transparency and without conflict of interest.
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IllWill's Opinion
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04/27/2019
We already have a President that is violating the emoluments clause, personally benefiting from his business interests while he is in office. Congress needs to be make sure the law is clear! Trump’s entire cabinet should be impeached with all the conflicts of interests that they’re entangled in!
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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04/27/2019
Conflict of interest is an easily understood concept. It means that the person with it has a personal stake in the issue and cannot be objective representing all. His allegiance is to himself. Not only do I believe they should be fined and jailed, but I believe they must never be allowed in office and must recuse themselves from candidacy. This needs to apply to all government employees, not just the P and VP.
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Argument opposed

Given the complexity of some presidents’ finances and holdings, it’d be unduly cumbersome for them to divest of all their assets or put them all in a blind trust. These regulations could limit the presidency’s accessibility to certain people, especially businesspeople and investors.

Mark's Opinion
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04/27/2019
Only if Congress is held to those same exact standards. I’m not concerned about billionaires who became president. I am concerned about Congress people who went to DC and then mysteriously became millionaires and billionaires.
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Lori's Opinion
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04/27/2019
This bill is just another attempt to try to set up the President. This was an issue when President Trump first took office. Now it is resurfacing again. This is harassment. Isn’t it enough that he has forfeited his income from the presidency? No other President has done that. The Democrats are trying to devise a plan that no one will want to be the President. I never heard of someone being penalized for a conflict of interest.
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Angelo's Opinion
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04/27/2019
If you think this Dem is worried about your best interest you have your head in the sand. These politicians are looking out for their best interest in their bank account. Then if you read a bill from start to finish most of it is full of pork fat to line their bank accounts and nothing to do with what the bill is intended to do.
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      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedMarch 4th, 2019
    No one is above the law. The president and vice president are offices that must be held with transparency and without conflict of interest.
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    Only if Congress is held to those same exact standards. I’m not concerned about billionaires who became president. I am concerned about Congress people who went to DC and then mysteriously became millionaires and billionaires.
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    We already have a President that is violating the emoluments clause, personally benefiting from his business interests while he is in office. Congress needs to be make sure the law is clear! Trump’s entire cabinet should be impeached with all the conflicts of interests that they’re entangled in!
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    Conflict of interest is an easily understood concept. It means that the person with it has a personal stake in the issue and cannot be objective representing all. His allegiance is to himself. Not only do I believe they should be fined and jailed, but I believe they must never be allowed in office and must recuse themselves from candidacy. This needs to apply to all government employees, not just the P and VP.
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    Definitely! The President should divest all his/her financial interests so he/she can represent the American citizens without conflict like the are sworn to do. You can’t do that 100% if you are not divested. I think if a President is caught making decisions that benefit them they should be held accountable!
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    Of course they should. Where the hell did this idea come from that a President or Vice President are so special that they are not held to the same standard as anyone else! Oh, I know - the Idiot and his Repugnants, of course! This should apply to ALL who hold office!
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    Pass this along with comprehensive anti corruption laws and a Constitutional Amendment that says corporations are not people and money is not speech. The corruption in our entire government is the biggest threat to our democracy. Trump is just a symptom of the real problem.
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    Yes, and if found guilty of any violations, they will be required to contribute 100% of all revenues of every single business, that was operating while they were in office, to the tax payers who make less than $100,000. Also, every business entity owned by them, or that they have interests in, shall be immediately closed and all monies from sales go to the same tax payers, not to family members, or other designated beneficiaries. Their entire prison sentence will be in a glass cage on the Whitehouse lawn for the reminder of their life.
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    Trump has set the first example of Evil and corruption [of conflicts of interest] in our history. If Congress doesn't nip this in the bud now, this blatant nose thumb to the trust we placed in the president elect to do the ethical thing will take on a life of its own from this day forward, growing into a fast growing cancer!
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    DEFINITELY- Presidents & Vice Presidents ARE WORKING FOR US, THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. They are supposed to stop working for themselves. Trump has been shoveling money into his & his family’s pockets since he got in office. He should have been stopped by Congress. Until the 2018 election the Congress was held by Republicans & even NOW the Senate still a Republican HOLD- HAVE DONE NOTHING TO CONTROL TRUMP. IF CONGRESS IS NOT GOING TO DO ITS JOB - A LAW LIKE THIS IS NECESSARY.
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    This bill is just another attempt to try to set up the President. This was an issue when President Trump first took office. Now it is resurfacing again. This is harassment. Isn’t it enough that he has forfeited his income from the presidency? No other President has done that. The Democrats are trying to devise a plan that no one will want to be the President. I never heard of someone being penalized for a conflict of interest.
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    Yes. President and Vice President should be subject to Civil and Criminal penalities for conflict of interest
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    Presidents and Vice Presidents are SERVANTS not kings. No one is above the law.
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    The OLC opinion has served its useful life with the likes of Donald Trump. His level of corruption seems unprecedented to me, and I am no spring chicken.
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    If you think this Dem is worried about your best interest you have your head in the sand. These politicians are looking out for their best interest in their bank account. Then if you read a bill from start to finish most of it is full of pork fat to line their bank accounts and nothing to do with what the bill is intended to do.
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    In theory, Presidents and Vice Presidents are already expected to divest of conflicts of interest, if only for sake of tradition and integrity. But since Trump has proved again and again that if it isn’t explicitly a crime, he will find the loophole that allows him to behave poorly and in bad faith with the American people. He will push the letter of the law as far as we will let him, and set a dangerous precedent for future presidents by doing so. So it’s time to close the loopholes, assert the boundaries of acceptable behavior, and stop Trump from taking advantage of the American people.
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    No one is above the LAW
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    YES!! Had ENOUGH !! of this cronyism & malfeasance! Throw the BUMS OUT!
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    Congress shall make no laws that do not apply equally to themselves.
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    Not only is it reprehensible behavior, but behaviors that can threaten our national security at the highest levels, as people who are subject to engaging in these behaviors are self-serving, not entitled to National Security Clearance. It is only because of the titles that they get these clearances. So, not only would they have to divest, they would also have to qualify for a top security clearance, to keep us all safe.
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