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Ethics Watchdog Wants Investigation Into Trump Business Holdings

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By    |   Friday, 17 Mar 2017 12:29 PM

Free Speech for People, an ethics watchdog group, wants New York's attorney general to look into President Donald Trump's business holdings to see if he has broken the law, The Huffington Post reported.

The group sent a letter Friday to Eric Schneiderman, noting concerns about the Trump Organization's hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan, saying the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act may have been violated.

Trump has criticized that act, calling it a "horrible law that should be changed," HuffPo reported.

That group and three others sent a similar request letter to Joon Kim, the acting U.S. attorney for New York's Southern District.

The requests are based on a Monday report in The New Yorker, about the Trump International Hotel & Tower Baku, a project that involved oligarchs, the Mammadov family, who have links to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps.

"Most presidents operate in good faith when it comes to something like conflicts of interest," Ron Fein, Free Speech for People's legal director, said.

Among concerns about Trump's holdings is the emoluments clause in the Constitution, which forbids federal office holders from taking money from foreign entities, The Post's report said.

Schneiderman is weighing what actions he might take.

"It's premature to say one way or another how this is going to proceed," he said last month at a meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General, according to the Post.

The AG has filed suits against Trump before, including about the now-defunct Trump University. In October 2016, Schneiderman shut down The Trump Foundation, The Post reported. Politico said that Schneiderman is Trump's primary legal opponent.

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Free Speech for People, an ethics watchdog group, wants New York's attorney general to look into President Donald Trump's business holdings to see if he has broken the law, The Huffington Post reported. The group sent a letter Friday to Eric Schneiderman, noting concerns...
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