Trump request for personal favor from foreign leader violates emoluments clause

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American foreign policy should be run for the benefit of the country not the benefit of any individual government official. That is what fundamentally makes Trump’s request for a personal favor from the president of Ukraine wrong and criminal.

The Emolument’s clause of the Constitution was specifically written to assure this outcome. By outlawing the acceptance of gifts, emoluments (financial compensation) or…