Maryland And DC AGs Sue Trump For Constitutional Violations

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Trump already faces a similar lawsuit brought in January by plaintiffs that include an ethics group, a restaurant group and a hotel events booker.

The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia announced they sued President Donald Trump on Monday, alleging he has violated the Constitution by taking payments from foreign governments as president.

The Post cited examples of foreign government showing preference for that hotel over others, at what neighboring Maryland and Washington say is their expense. The brief argued Trump owned businesses are legally allowed to accept payments from foreign governments while he is in office. This lawsuit today is just another iteration of the case that was filed by that group, CREW.

"As state attorneys general representing the people, we have a duty to serve as a check and balance against the president, whose business activities have opened the door to the type of corruption the Framers of our Constitution aimed to prevent".

So, his son Eric trump said that the President continues to receive regular information about the financial condition of the company. "And the one thing we know about the president is he understands the value of walls".

"From day one, President Trump has been committed to complete transparency and compliance with the law", RNC spokeswoman Lindsay Jancek said in a statement.

The lawsuits contend that Mr. Trump violates the "emoluments" clause by receiving economic benefits from owning a company that rents rooms and spaces to foreign governments in NY and the District of Columbia.

NORTHAM: The lawsuit also contends Trump's businesses are drawing away customers from hotels, convention centers and the like in Maryland and D.C. White House Spokesman Sean Spicer batted away the lawsuit by two Democratic attorneys general as partisan politics.

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Trump said he was shifting assets into a trust managed by his sons to eliminate potential conflicts of interest.

Both attorney generals allege with his business ties still intact President Trump gives off the illusion he's putting his personal business ahead of the business of the American people.

Trump has come under scrutiny for his alleged business dealings with American adversaries such as Russian Federation and China.

It is at least the third filed by groups and businesses anxious that Trump might be profiting personally from his presidency. Legal experts said the D.C. and Maryland suit is legally stronger because states have standing to sue the president.

The Justice Department asked a federal judge to dismiss the case on Friday.

The suit will seek an injunction to force Trump to stop violating the Constitution, but will leave it up to the court to decide how that should be accomplished.

Frosh called the Justice Department's argument "remarkable" and said: "If the justice department is right, the emoluments clause has no meaning whatsoever".

"It is not the intention nor design of this policy for our properties to attempt to identify individual travelers who have not specifically identified themselves as being a representative of a foreign government entity", the document read according to the Post.

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