The impunity is the point

The president's shameless self-enrichment isn't just hypocrisy. It's provocation.

President Trump.
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President Trump knew how his "suggestion" that Vice President Mike Pence — and his entourage, and the federal money that comes with them — stay at a Trump property while on official business in Ireland would be received.

He knew reporters would quickly calculate that the luxury resort in Doonbeg is clear across the country from Pence's affairs of state in Dublin and would have to be accessed by plane commute. He knew the explanations about family ties and practical convenience for the Secret Service wouldn't pass muster. He knew this would again raise the issue of his use of the presidency for personal profit and the attendant debate over whether this is a constitutional violation worthy of impeachment. He knew it would make his opponents very, very angry — and that's precisely why he did it.

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