DC, Maryland Attorneys General to File 'Major Lawsuit' Against Trump

Posted June 12, 2017

- The attorneys general of Maryland and Washington D.C. will announce a lawsuit Monday alleging President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by letting his businesses accept money from foreign governments.

The lawsuit, obtained by the Post, from Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh - both Democrats - alleges that Mr. Trump committed "unprecedented constitutional violations".

While Trump has been sued several times since becoming president, this would be the first lawsuit brought by government entities over his business interests since he moved into the White House.

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Company policy detailed in a new pamphlet suggests that it is up to foreign governments, not Trump's hotels, to determine whether foreign governments self-report their business dealings. For instance, the president still receives routine updates on the company's finances.

District of Columbia Atty.

"The emoluments clauses command that the President put the country first and not his own personal interest first".

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"We're getting in here to be the check and balance that it appears Congress is unwilling to be", Racine told the Post, describing the case. The entrance to the Trump International Hotel in D.C. was splashed with guerilla art in May, suggesting that foreign guest could drop off bribes inside.

An NGO that centres on ethics issues filed a similar suit in January. Justice Department lawyers also contended that Trump hotel revenue is no an improper payment under the Constitution.

"In the emoluments clauses, we have these ancient air bags that were placed in the Constitution by the framers that are now being deployed", said Eisen, who has been advising the District and Maryland on their suit.

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