Washington (AP) The Trump administration is seeking to rewrite a long-standing federal law that limits the scope of an executive’s authority when making new business deals.
The Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General says it has received complaints about the rule, which is now in effect.
The law allows a president to bypass Congress if he believes the legislation will hinder his ability to pursue a business deal.
The Office of Government Ethics is investigating whether the rule violates the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which prohibits the president from accepting gifts or payments from foreign governments.
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina after signing a bill in the Oval Office at the White House on Jan. 5.