'Unprecedented Constitutional violations': Two attorneys general sue Trump

Alicia Cross
June 15, 2017

The government lawyers have also felt that courts including the Supreme Court have no orders or powers to charge against the sitting presidents. He also noted that both of the attorneys general involved are Democrats. "Foreign governments are spending money there to curry favor with the president of the United States".

Democrats said that Trump violates the Constitution, which forbids public officials from accepting gifts or emoluments from foreign governments and economic benefits from federal or state governments (that are not his salary.) The goal of this ban is to curb corruption.

Reaching back to the nation's founding, they said the Emoluments Clause was a "material inducement" - a provision to entice states to join the union - because many, including Maryland, had similar prohibitions in their own constitutions.

Yes. A government watchdog group sued him in NY in January for the exact same reasons.

The administration's lawyers also argue the clause was never meant to bar presidents from having private business interests.

The attorneys general of the state and the District, both Democrats, filed the lawsuit on June 12.

The suit also alleged that Trump benefits from foreign distribution payments for his "The Apprentice" reality TV show; and that he benefits from the worldwide real estate projects, hotels and golf courses of the Trump Organization.

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Lawsuits are old hat to President Donald Trump, but one of constitutional caliber filed by government entities is new to his roster of legal battles.The Attorney General of Maryland Brian Frosh and the Attorney General of the District of Columbia Karl Racine announced in a news conference on Monday that they were suing the president for massive conflicts of interest. He continues to seek - and in fact recently obtained from China - valuable trademarks from foreign countries for his business ventures.

His Maryland counterpart, Brian Frosh, added: "The president, above all other elected officials, must have only the interests of Americans at the heart of every decision". "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". The attorneys general accuse Mr. Trump of breaking many promises to keep his presidential responsibilities separate from his business interests, the report said.

The announced lawsuit adds to Trump's woes as he grapples with congressional and a special prosecutor's probes into his campaign's alleged ties with Russian Federation, which United States intelligence agencies say meddled aggressively in the 2016 election to held Trump win. The White House previously commented that CREW's lawsuit is "totally without merit".

"Were plaintiffs" interpretation correct, presidents from the very beginning of the republic, including George Washington, would have received prohibited "emoluments, '" the department said.

Two Democratic attorneys general in President Trump's backyard are behind a new legal attack against Trump's continued interests in his business empire.

If a federal judge allows the case to proceed, Racine and Frosh said they would demand copies of Trump's personal tax returns in court to gauge the extent of his foreign business dealings.

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