LATEST SENATOR CASEY
Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), joined by 23 Senators, announced that he is cosponsoring new legislation, the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017, that would require President-elect Donald Trump to remove all conflicts of interest. Mounting independent reports show that President-elect Trump is facing a web of entanglements even as he refuses to follow the bipartisan tradition set by past Presidents of removing financial conflicts of interest. The Casey-backed bill would require all Presidents, Vice Presidents and certain family members to divest from their financial holdings in order to ensure that the nation’s leaders serve the public interest first and not their business interests. A group of bipartisan ethics experts, including the Office of Government Ethics, former Obama ethics lawyer Norm Eisen and former Bush ethics lawyer Richard Painter have said that divestment is the only way to ensure that major corporations, including foreign governments do not hold any leverage over a President.
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