Almost 200 Democratic members of Congress filed a lawsuit against President Trump on Wednesday morning alleging that his continued ties to his business empire violate the U.S. Constitution. 'The emoluments clauses are a firewall against presidential corruption and the one thing we know about President Trump is he understands the value of walls, ' Mr Frosh said, referring to the president's plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland on Monday sued Trump, alleging he is violating the emoluments clause by choosing to retain ownership of his companies after becoming president.
Asked Monday about the lawsuits, White House spokesman Sean Spicer branded them political.
The Democrats involved argue Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution's Emoluments Clause by profiting from business deals involving foreign governments and continuing to do so without the consent of Congress. In it, a considerable number of congressional Democrats are suing Trump for allegedly violating the constitutional Emoluments Clause but continuing to hold stake in his family businesses.
Lawsuits have also been filed by a government watchdog organization, by individual businesses that compete with Trump properties, and, this week, by the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT says that Trump's companies did secret business in at least 20 countries, making it next to impossible for Congress to do their job of concretely saying he was receiving illegal benefits or "emoluments", as they're called.
When taking office, Trump broke with many presidential traditions, including putting assets into a blind trust to avoid conflict of interests.
It was the latest in a series of such lawsuits against the Republican president.
"They could foresee ... foreign interference by corrupting our officials through payments or benefits or advantages". Many of those voters are happy about anything that makes Trump's life even a little more hard, and the lawsuit does that.
The complaint said that Trump had not sought congressional approval for any of the payments that his hundreds of businesses had received from foreign governments since he took office in January.
They are accusing the President of using his position to maximise his profits and of interfering in their constitutional duty.
They argued that Washington exported flour and cornmeal from his Virginia plantation to many countries during his term, while Thomas Jefferson did the same with tobacco to Great Britain. "Our current President has done neither", Conyers says in a statement. The official called the suit politically motivated.
Congress directed Van Buren to deposit the items with the State Department, the complaint said, and to sell any items that could not "conveniently be deposited or kept" there and give the proceeds to the U.S. Treasury.
While legal experts have said the plaintiffs in the prior lawsuits may have difficulty establishing that they have sufficient legal basis to sue, Blumenthal said members of Congress have standing due to their Constitutional duty to consider emoluments matters.
"It throws into question whether our government is making policy decisions for the right reasons", Noah Bookbinder of DC-based Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW), said.