Ethics of­fice asked to as­sess for­eign deals

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Demo­cratic Sen. Bob Casey asked a gov­ern­ment ethics of­fice Monday to as­sess whether Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s busi­ness deal­ings make his ad­min­is­tra­tion vul­ner­a­ble to con­flicts of in­ter­est. “Pres­i­dent Trump has ex­posed his ad­min­is­tra­tion to pos­si­ble con­flicts of in­ter­est on an un­prece­dented scale,” the Penn­syl­va­nia law­maker says in a let­ter to the Of­fice of Gov­ern­ment Ethics. Casey asked whether any of Trump’s for­eign busi­ness deals could vi­o­late the Emol­u­ments Clause of the Con­sti­tu­tion, which pro­hibits U.S. of­fice­hold­ers from ac­cept­ing gifts from for­eign coun­tries.

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