DC, Maryland to sue President Trump for alleged breach of constitutional oath

DC and Maryland to sue Trump alleging breach of constitutional oath

The prosecutors General of the USA state of Maryland and the district of Columbia intend on Monday to file a lawsuit against President Donald trump, accusing him of violating anti-corruption laws.

Trump had also promised to donate all foreign payments received to the USA treasury, a promise that now seems unlikely to be fulfilled due to his businesses' failure to track the payments it receives from foreign government entities.

On Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked about the new state-backed lawsuit.

"This lawsuit brought against our president is absurd", said the RNC's Lindsay Jancek. But the two attorneys general say he's broken that promise.

In his prior life as a real estate magnate and reality TV star, President Donald Trump was famously litigious and often threatened lawsuits even if he didn't always follow through.

Trump retains ownership of his company and is to receive regular updates, the newspaper said. The provision bars the president and other government employees from accepting foreign gifts and payments without congressional approval.

There's never been a businessman-turned-president quite like Mr Trump, so there's never been a lawsuit quite like this one.

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Maryland and Washington are expected to argue that the Trump hotel also hurts competing hotels in their jurisdictions. And back in April, Georgia's ambassador stayed at the hotel and tweeted about his experience.

The attorneys general pointed to a number of examples of how Trump's DC hotel has affected both districts.

The emoluments clause was conceived by the framers of the Constitution in an attempt to ensure that the U.S. government remains independent from foreign actors, and to ensure that American office holders don't exploit their positions for personal financial gain. The suit also claims Trump violates domestic emoluments because states may seek Trump's favor through zoning exemptions or other benefits for his businesses. Experts have said that if Trump was found to have violated the emoluments clause, he could be vulnerable to impeachment. Norm Eisen, the chairman of the board for CREW and a former special counsel for ethics and government reform under President Barack Obama, said they are offering pro bono representation in the case and that he's heard from people across the political spectrum.

His taxes could show including serious conflicts of interest with foreign entities and companies he now works with in his capacity as president of the United States that personally enrich him and his family. "Were plaintiffs" interpretation correct, presidents from the very beginning of the Republic, including George Washington, would have received prohibited "emoluments'". At that time, Trump declared that he had formally given "complete and total" control to his sons, claiming that he "isolated" himself from his businesses. The new structure, he said in January, was "meaningless".

CREW's original complaint highlighted payments from diplomats and foreign governments to Trump's hotels and golf courses. More recently, the states of Washington, Oregon and Hawaii led lawsuits to challenge Trump's temporary ban on foreign travel, they said.

The attorneys general argued they had standing to sue Trump because their citizens will be harmed if payments to Trump are used to influence his allocation of federal funds.



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