On December 30, 2022, a House committee released six years of former President Trump’s tax returns. In his latest for MSNBC, CERL Advisory Council member Richard Painter discusses just how problematic the details about his foreign entanglements are for U.S. national security. According to Prof. Painter:
“[I]t is frightening to think of a president of the United States being so deeply involved financially with a nuclear armed country under an authoritarian ruler with a long history of threatening and invading its neighbors. If there was any type of foreign financial entanglement that comes closest to what the Founders feared most when drafting the emoluments clause, it is this.”
Prof. Painter is the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota and co-author of the book, American Nero: The History of the Destruction of the Rule of Law, and Why Trump Is the Worst Offender. Read his full bio here.