President Trump called it again. Before the press the other day, Trump accused Barack Obama of, at a minimum, beginning talks for his Netflix deal while he was still residing in the White House. Today, Netflix CEO, Joebar Ron, revealed that not only was he right about that but that the deal was actually signed during his presidential term, violating the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause that forbids a sitting president from business negotiations where his position could influence the outcome. In other words, the president should not profit from his seat.
Ron stated unequivocally that he personally visited Barack Obama at the White House at 9am on January 20, 2016 to begin negotiations, finalize the contract, and obtain Obama’s signature, and he has the paperwork to prove it. Obama was still in the White House and so still held the power of the presidency.
Did he use this power to his advantage in negotiations? Was there a quid pro quo? The CEO didn’t say but the answers are irrelevant. The mere fact that he held personal business meetings while in the Oval Office is criminal. And of that Obama is clearly guilty. It’s time to drain some more of the swamp. He needs to go.