Hillary’s Foreign Slushfund

The Constitution on Gifts to Public Officials from Kings, Princes, and Foreign States

hillary_babyNo Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And 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.”[i]

Justice Story: The other prohibition, as to presents, emoluments, offices, and titles from foreign governments, besides aiding the same general object, subserves a more important policy, grounded titles from foreign governments, besides aiding the same general object, subserves a more important policy, grounded on the just jealousy of foreign corruption and undue influence exerted upon our national officers. It seeks to destroy, in their origin, all the blandishments from foreign favors, and foreign titles, and all the temptations to a departure from official duty by receiving foreign rewards and emoluments. No officer of the United States can without guilt wear honors borrowed from foreign sovereigns, or touch for personal profit any foreign treasure.[ii]

[i] Article 1, §9

[ii] St. Familiar Exposition §228 @ @ http://www.archive.org/stream/afamiliarexposi03storgoog/afamiliarexposi03storgoog_djvu.txt

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