Kendall Coffey Quotes


Kendall Coffey on the Lars Larson Show – January 24th, 2017

Kendall Coffey, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and co-founder of Miami law firm Coffey Burlington, joined the Lars Larson Show on January 24th, 2017 to discuss a lawsuit filed against President Trump to make his tax returns public. Follow Kendall Coffey on Twitter for additional updates and media appearances. Lars Larson: It’s a pleasure to welcome back to the program Kendall Coffey, former United States Attorney. Kendall, thanks for taking the time to talk. A lawsuit filed against our brand new president, Donald Trump, for ethics violations to force him to release his tax returns. What in the world is this all about? Kendall Coffey: Well, I’m just surprised they waited until Monday. I thought maybe 12:30 on Friday the lawsuits like this would begin. But I guess they wanted to give him the weekend. The theory of the lawsuit is that it is a violation of the Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution to accept emoluments, whatever that means, which we’ll talk about momentarily, from a foreign government. President Trump has businesses around the world, and sometimes foreign governments or foreign diplomats rent some of his buildings or perhaps stay as guests in some of his hotels, [and] any money that comes to President Trump’s business…constitutes some kind of a emolument from a foreign government. I don’t really think it’s a sound case. But in a way, they’ve signaled what they really want to do, even though what they’re arguing is that it’s a violation of the Constitution, and President Trump’s businesses shouldn’t be having anything to do with any kind of foreign interests. What they’re saying at the same time is, in order to prove their case [they must] find out what money President Trump may have been receiving [that is] directly or indirectly attributable to a foreign source. They’ve got to look at his tax return. So it’s not actually a lawsuit to get the tax returns. But it’s part of the normal discovery or subpoena process. They say they’ve got to get that information. Now bottom line, I don’t think this lawsuit is going to be successful in terms of a court of law, but in the court of public opinion they’ve already got their message out once again. They’ve got a message that you know President Trump has connections to foreign businesses or governments, and more specifically, they’re beating the drums once again that he hasn’t disclosed his tax returns. So is this really a strong case in a court of law? I don’t think so. Did they get a couple of points or get a little bit of attention in the court of public opinion? Maybe; that’s really for you and your listeners to decide. LL: And we’ve talked about the emoluments clause a lot both before and after the election and before and after the inauguration. But let me kind of dive into this a little bit. And in fact I might even ask you to stay over if...

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Pending Presidential Election

Interview with Kendall Coffey Miami – Ft. Lauderdale Market (Florida elections) WFOR CBS4 News, November 13, 2008  11:04 pm David Sutta: Anticipation of this election has been a long time coming.  So much that before the polls even open on Tuesday, more than 30% of South Florida’s vote will already be in.  Monday, election offices begin sorting absentee and early voting ballots in preparation for a long day of counting. All of our voting precincts are set up. Extra machines and materials are loaded up on trucks as back-up should something go wrong. Exactly what a flood of lawyers will be watching. There will be more people watching tomorrow’s election at the polls than ever before. Why is that? JC Planas: Um, well, I don’t know. I think Florida has always been a battleground state. It’s an important state. It’s a must-win for the McCain campaign. David Sutta: And a priority for Obama. Both parties, which have fought previous election results in court, will have more than 500 lawyers spread out across South Florida’s polling sites. Kendall Coffey: This is not about dueling lawyers; this is about lawyers as problem solvers. David Sutta: We hope to avoid this–elections hanging by a chad eight years ago. Kendall Coffey: We said sometimes that the rest of the nation is looking for its Florida. Here we go again. But as far as we’re concerned, it’s never again. David Sutta: Florida in the spotlight once again!  Polling showing a tight race, and your vote – perhaps the most powerful ones in...

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