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Every Voice: Donald Trump Refuses to Drop Business Ties

January 11, 2017 | Laura Friedenbach

Washington, D.C. — President-elect Donald Trump made clear today he is not taking seriously the possibilities for corruption and opportunities for bribery that his business will create for his administration, said money-in-politics watchdog Every Voice after Trump’s announcement that he will not fully divest his holdings.

“Donald Trump’s announcement today is a classic bait and switch — he told us for weeks he’d address the problem but his plan falls way short of anything that will work to effectively disentangle his interests from the interests of his businesses,” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice. “As long as he has an ownership stake in these businesses and his children are involved, there’ll be a cloud of corruption over his entire administration and every decision that could impact his personal profits will be called into question. The only people who are ‘blind’ in Trump’s plan are members of the public who still don’t know the extent of Trump’s conflicts of interests due to his failure to make his tax returns public.”

Ethics experts have made clear that he must sell all of his companies and have his holdings managed by an independent trustee to ensure he won’t be influenced by a profit motive and to prevent constitutional violations. 

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