DC and Maryland AGs sue Trump for constitutional violations


Today, two Democrats-the Attorney General Karl Racine of Washington D.

The attorneys general for District of Columbia and Maryland State have made the decision to sue President Donald Trump over accusations that he has breached the anti-corruption clauses of the U.S Constitution, by receiving millions of dollars in form of payment and benefits from various overseas governments since he commenced his inauguration.

According to the Constitution, federal officials, including the president, may not accept "emoluments" or other gifts from foreign governments without the permission of Congress.

Officials in Maryland and the USA capital Washington will sue President Donald Trump for accepting payments and benefits from foreign governments through his business empire, news reports said Sunday night.

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.

The GSA initially said Trump would have to fully divest from the hotel after the election. Forbid foreign dignitaries and lobbyists from booking rooms or having meals there?

"Never before has a President acted with such disregard for this constitutional prescription", it says. While other presidents have released them, Trump has refused, and the attorney generals said that they want to see them in order to gauge the extent of his business dealings. No state has accused a president of violating the emoluments clause.

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"We do not sue the president of the United States casually", Mr. Frosh said during a press conference announcing the lawsuit.

"We have economic interests that are impacted", they said. The first suit was filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington in January, the second by a Washington, DC, restaurant that argues Trump's ongoing ownership of his hotel constitutes unfair competition. The president called an earlier, similar lawsuit about the so-called emoluments clause of the Constitution an issue "without merit, totally without merit".

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

According to Norman Eisen, the board chairman of CREW who was also the chief White House ethics lawyer for former President Barack Obama, this suit "represents another storm, not just a dusting of snow, but a blizzard of trouble for Trump".

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday. If Trump doesn't, the overseas properties could amount to a national security threat. However, that trust is managed in part by his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, who said they brief the president on his company's profits. Plaintiffs typically only have standing to file lawsuits under federal law if they can show they have been injured and a court ruling would remedy the harm.

University of California Los Angeles School of Law professor Adam Winkler has a different take.

Has President Trump been sued before this?