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Democratic Bill Would Force Conflict-of-Interest Requirements on Trump

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By    |   Monday, 09 Jan 2017 07:59 AM

Congressional Democrats are pushing a proposed bill that would subject Donald Trump to conflict-of-interest laws that now exempt the president-elect, Politico reports.

Thirty Democrats in the Senate and House are behind the bill, which is given a very remote chance of advancing in the Republican-dominated Congress. But Politico says it is expected to give the Democrats a point of attack after Wednesday when Trump holds a planned press conference and is expected to address potential conflicts between his business holdings and his responsibilities as president.

The legislation would force Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence to put any conflicted holdings into an independently managed blind trust that would then manage their sale, according to Politico. And the bill includes a requirement for all presidents and all presidential nominees to reveal three years' worth of tax returns.

The requirement comes after Trump refused to released his tax returns during the campaign.

The legislation, called the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017 received widespread support from Democrats and no backing from Republicans, the International Business Times reports.

"The American people deserve to know that the President of the United States is working to do what's best for the country — not using his office to do what's best for himself and his businesses," International Business Times quotes Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., one of the bill's con-sponsors.

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