Attorneys General Of Maryland And DC Sue Trump Over His Businesses

DC, Maryland Officials Promise 'Major Lawsuit' Against Trump

DC, Maryland Officials Promise 'Major Lawsuit' Against Trump

A lawsuit filed Monday in federal court says Trump is violating the Constitution's Foreign Emoluments Clause, which prohibits the president from accepting payments from foreign governments without the consent of Congress.

A statement released to the press on Monday says the attorneys general will make the announcement at a news conference planned for noon in Washington.

"It's not hard to conclude that partisan politics may be one of the motivations behind the suit", he said in a press briefing.

Attorneys General Racine and Frosh expressed their thanks to their staffs and to several partners who provided assistance in assembling the lawsuit. It's the first lawsuit of its kind against a president which involves the Constitution's Emoluments Clause.

The Justice Department on Friday argued that those plaintiffs lacked the legal standing to sue because they can not allege enough specific harm caused by Trump's businesses.

Maryland and Washington DC sued President Donald Trump Monday, saying he is violating laws by raking in money from foreign governments and businesses at his luxury hotels and office towers.

This is the second lawsuit against Trump over his alleged violations of the anti-corruption clauses of the Constitution.

In their complaint, Attorneys General Racine and Frosh accused the President of improperly accepting millions of dollars in payments, benefits, and other valuable consideration from foreign governments as well as federal agencies and state governments.

Frosh argued the president is using his role as a marketing tool to elevate the Trump brand. Also, both the D.C. and Maryland citizens are unfavorably being distressed by presence of Trump's hotel adjacent to White House.

In January, Trump announced his investments and business assets would be conveyed to a trust ahead of his inauguration on Jan. 20. Still, Democratic attorneys general have led the charge in challenging the president in court. He added that the president continues to take money from foreign governments while in office.

"We are a nation of laws, and no one including the president is above the law", Racine said.

The lawsuit focuses on the fact that the president opted to keep ownership of his businesses when he was elected.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer denied Trump was in violation of the clause.

The attorneys general allege that Trump's actions have harmed Maryland's "sovereign interests".

"Again, the reason why we're here is because the President of the United States, in a wholly unprecedented fashion, has chose to maintain a sprawling global business empire that accepts money without account from foreign governments", Mr Racine said. He replied that Trump's business interests "do not violate the Emoluments Clause", for reasons spelled out by the Justice Department's filing on Friday.

The government has also said Trump hotel revenue does not fit the definition of an improper payment under the Constitution. It told lawmakers in April that it would "track and identify" revenues received by its hotels from foreign governments, which it would then donate to the U.S. Treasury. Frosh said the president has discussed some of his business dealings on the campaign trail, noting Trump's mention that a state-owned Chinese bank has office space in Trump Tower in NY.

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