Rahm Emanuel, ANY civil office appointment illegal?

"When Barack Obama asked Congressman Rahm Emanuel to be his White House chief-of-staff, few political insiders were surprised."

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White House pay raises lift the ceiling
Posted July 30, 2007 10:03 AM
The Swamp
by Mark Silva

Congress may still be debating its own pay raises, but the White House pressed ahead with a 2.8 percent "cost-of-living" raise for staffers last year, according to a new accounting that posts the top pay for the most senior aides to the president at $168,000 per year.

Annual raises, which the National Journal tracks in White House accounting reports to Congress each year, have raised the ceiling for senior administration staff from $161,000 to $165,200 to $168,000 during the past few years.

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Judicial Watch Announces Hillary Clinton Constitutionally Ineligible to Serve as Secretary of State
Contact:
Press Office 202-646-5188
Washington, DC -- December 2, 2008

"According to the Ineligibility Clause of the United States Constitution, no member of Congress can be appointed to an office that has benefited from a salary increase during the time that Senator or Representative served in Congress. A January 2008 Executive Order signed by President Bush during Hillary Clinton's current Senate term increased the salary for Secretary of State, thereby rendering Senator Clinton ineligible for the position.

Specifically, Article I, section 6 of the U.S. Constitution provides "No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, BE APPOINTED TO ANY CIVIL OFFICE UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE UNITED STATES, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time." The provision is seen by most as designed by our Founding Fathers to protect against corruption. "

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