Presidential Law Project

presidential-law-project-logoWorking through the legal system, the Presidential Law Project acts to ensure that the President of the United States and executive officials comply with the Constitution and laws.  We use our knowledge and experience in the law to strategically prosecute cases, in courts and government agencies throughout the United States, that promote executive accountability.  We investigate the President and other officials in the executive branch in order to expose illegal activity and to promote honesty in governance.  By standing on the side of the people, and against the President when necessary, we defend and promote freedom, justice and equality for all.

We are presently investigating President-elect Trump in connection with potential violations of the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments clauses of the United States Constitution. The Foreign Emoluments Clause provides in relevant part: “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.” U.S. Const. art. I, § 9, cl. 8. The Domestic Emoluments Clause provides: “[t]he President shall, at stated times, receive for his services, a compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that period any other emolument from the United States, or any of them.” U.S. Const. art. II, § 1, cl. 6. An “emolument” is defined as “[t]he profit arising from office, employment, or labor … any perquisite, advantage, profit, or gain arising from the possession of an office.” Black’s Law Dictionary 524 (6th ed.1991); see, US ex rel. New v. Rumsfeld, 350 F. Supp. 2d 80, 102, n. 16 (Dist. of Columbia 2004).  Under the Constitution, a President must be loyal only to the people and must act only in their interest. By accepting a gift or emolument, a President acts for his own, for foreign or for domestic interests.  The acceptance of gifts or emoluments by a President violates the Constitution and is corrupt. The Trump Organization, which is owned by Trump, regularly obtains profit, gain and benefits from foreign and domestic governments.  If Trump maintains ownership of The Trump Organization when he takes office on January 20, 2017, he will be in violation of the Constitution. If President Trump violates the Constitution in this manner, we intend to take legal action to oppose these violations of law and to object to the corruption of the office of the President.

The Presidential Law Project was formed in response to the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. In the course of Trump’s candidacy, we filed a number of legal complaints against him based on evidence that he had violated the law. These complaints set forth evidence that Trump: 1) offered to bribe the Attorney General of Florida in 2013; 2) misappropriated funds from the Donald J. Trump Foundation; 3) violated federal law by illegally taking charitable funds and contributing to a political fund controlled by the Florida Attorney General; 4) violated federal law through by defrauding the citizens of Florida of the honest services of their Attorney General; 5) violated federal and state laws concerning the reporting and payment of income taxes; 6) violated Florida laws regulating the ethics of elected officials and their supporters; and, 7) violated the campaign finance and election laws of Florida.