In a 70-page brief Friday, the Justice Department asked a judge to dismiss the case filed by CREW, arguing that the emoluments clause doesn't apply to "fair-market commercial transactions" such as those paid to stay at Trump hotels or play at Trump golf clubs, Bloomberg reported. "He doesn't seem to understand or care about these violations of the Constitution", Maryland Attorney General Frosh stated in turn.
"The president's interests, as previously discussed, do not violate the emoluments clause", Spicer said.
The Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution is at the core of the Maryland-D.C. lawsuit.
"From day one, President Trump has been committed to complete transparency and compliance with the law". She says the lawsuit represents "the kind of partisan grandstanding voters across the country have come to despise".
Racine and Frosh are getting legal support from lawyers at CREW, the group behind the emoluments clause lawsuit in NY.
In New York, Trump Tower leases space to the Chinese government-controlled bank ICBC, and Trump World Tower and other properties also focus on foreign clients, including Russians, it said. "Instead, it would have been thought of as a value-for-value exchange; not a gift, not a title, and not an emolument", said Sheri Dillon, an attorney for Trump.
Frosh says "elected leaders must serve the people, and not their personal financial interests".
It also argued the emoluments clause was never meant to target a president's private businesses, unconnected with his official office or actions. Congressional Democrats are expected to file a similar suit.
The attorneys general for Maryland and the District of Columbia announced plans to sue President Donald Trump on Monday, saying he is violating the Constitution by accepting payments from foreign governments while serving as president.More news: Triumphant Corbyn declares Labour 'a Government in waiting'
Today, two Democrats-the Attorney General Karl Racine of Washington D.
When taking office, Trump broke with many presidential traditions, including putting assets into a blind trust to avoid conflict of interests.
"The President's conflict of interests threaten our country". "We can not treat a president's ongoing violations of the Constitution and disregard for the rights of the American people as the new and acceptable status quo".
Racine and Frosh say the presidents' ongoing business entanglements also leave him open to corrupt influence. "We are a nation of laws and no one, including the president of the United States, is above the law". He has also been criticized for owning a hotel just blocks from the White House that is often frequented by both foreign diplomats and foreign businessmen.
The attorneys general take issue with Trump's real estate holdings.
District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine (R) and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh (L) announce a lawsuit against US President Donald J. Trump, during a news conference in Washington, DC, USA, 12 June 2017.
Two Democratic attorneys general in President Trump's backyard are behind a new legal attack against Trump's continued interests in his business empire.
Maryland and the United States capital sued President Donald Trump saying he is breaking laws by raking in money from foreign governments and businesses at his luxury hotels and office towers.