The authors of the Constitution, however, did have insight into the potential abuse of the office of President, and they inserted something called the Emoluments Clause into Section 9 of Article I. It states, in part, that "no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State." This clause, Gross said, basically means that anything of significant value from a foreign government or a company controlled by one that accrues to the Trump Organization while Trump owns it could provide the seed of an investigation and impeachment. Trump listed five hundred and sixty-four line items on his financial-disclosure form; appearing under "Filer's Positions Held Outside United States Government" are the names DT Marks Qatar LLC, DT Marks Dubai LLC, THC Services Shenzhen LLC, and many other opaque, foreign-sounding entities.


"There was a look at Silvio Berlusconi when I was representing Mike [Bloomberg], but I think he ended up going to jail, if I'm not mistaken," Gross said (He was nearly right: Berlusconi was convicted of various charges, but did community service.''

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