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Trump May Violate Law If He Names Cabinet Too Early

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 02:13 PM

As Donald Trump tries to mold the Republican Party in his own image, one of the ideas he is reportedly floating around is to break the predictableness of the national convention and turn it into a much more entertaining and newsworthy event.

One such way to do that, National Review reports, is to not only have Trump feature in the event much more prominently than other nominees have in the past, but to have him name his choices for certain key cabinet positions at the convention.

This would help reassure supporters wary of Trump's ideology who the team will be if he is elected.

The real estate mogul has reportedly said he would announce his running mate at the convention, rather than before, and the naming of cabinet posts would only add to the drama and suspense of an event that is usually dry and scripted.

Immediately after his last competitors in the Republican primaries dropped out of the race, Trump told Fox News he liked the idea of announcing cabinet posts even before the convention, saying, "I could do that and I think it would be well received."

Like much of what Trump does, this could be uncharted territory.

As Aaron Crawford, a fellow at Southern Methodist University's Center for Presidential History, told National Review, announcing a cabinet pick before winning the election "would be totally unprecedented" and could cause the presidential candidate problems by forcing him to deal with potential negatives of the appointment.

Another problem, others have pointed out, is that the move could be illegal due to a statute that says, "Whoever… promises… the appointment… to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned."

Most experts, however, believe the intent of the statute is to avoid bribery and that there would be only a miniscule chance of  legal problems for someone to be appointed to a cabinet post who has already shown support for the candidate.

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