There’s plenty of disagreement on whether Trump could make such a move. Among others, Brianne Gorod, chief counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center, said in a December blog post that an effort to dismiss Cordray probably would be unlawful if based on a conclusion that the Dodd-Frank Act’s for-cause limitation is unconstitutional.
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The Senate and the American people both have a right to know whether Sessions will stand up to Trump and truly be the people’s lawyer, not the President’s. General promises aside, Sessions didn’t demonstrate this at his hearing, which means there’s no reason for anyone to think that he will be willing to say “no” to this President, even though - as Sessions himself has said - that’s exactly what an Attorney General sometimes needs to do.
For weeks, President-elect Donald Trump has been assuring the American people that it would be easy for him to resolve the constitutional and conflict-of-interest problems posed by his vast business holdings. But, at his press conference Wednesday, he revealed just how wrong those promises were. Simple or not, Trump’s long-awaited plan does nothing to address the imminent collision between his presidency and the Constitution.
Elizabeth Wydra, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center, agreed that the emoluments fix is insufficient. Though ethics laws steer clear of regulating presidents, Wydra said, “The Constitution clearly applies to him.” And as the Alito analysis suggests, Wydra said donating all Trump Organization profits to the United States would not cure the constitutional concern about foreign influence. Trump could still become aware of foreign individuals and businesses seeking to curry favor with him, even if benefits they give go to the Treasury.
Since Trump refuses to sell his vast business holdings, these types of conflicts and the possibility of widespread corruption will hound him throughout his presidency. To preserve the integrity of the office of the president, Trump should reconsider and take the steps necessary to ensure that he - and the people who work in his Administration - are truly working for the people’s interest and not the president’s.