Plans to sue President Trump over allegedly taking foreign government payments


JACKIE NORTHAM, BYLINE: The lawsuit is brought by Maryland's attorney general, Brian Frosh, and his D.C. counterpart, Karl Racine. The lawsuit cites Trump's leases, properties and other business "entanglements" around the world as the reason for the suit, saying those posed a conflict of interest under a clause of the Constitution.

It clearly says that: "No person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state", the lawsuit points out.

Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland have charged in the lawsuit that Trump's businesses have accepted millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since the President took the oath of office, raising conflict of interest concerns at a scale unseen before in American politics, reports the Independent.

The two Democratic attorneys could get a better chance because the Trump who is the U/S president violated the Constitutional clause.

The case which is filed against Trump in January in Manhattan Court, an ethics non-profit, restaurant group hotel manager claim that Trump disrupt the Constitution's "emoluments" clause, which bars him from accepting gifts from foreign governments without the congressional approval, by maintaining ownership over his business empire despite yielding day-to-day control to his sons.

The lawsuit also alleged Trump benefits from foreign distribution payments for his The Apprentice reality TV show and generally from the worldwide real estate projects of the Trump Organization. Trump and his attorneys argue the clause does not cover fair-value transactions, such as hotel room payments and real estate sales.

Maryland and the U.S. capital sued President Donald Trump saying he is breaking laws by raking in money from foreign governments and businesses at his luxury hotels and office towers.

A number of private citizens have already filed similar lawsuits against the president but it is the first time a state government has sued Trump over the issue.

The Justice Department said Friday that those plaintiffs did not suffer in any way and had no standing to sue, and that it is unconstitutional to sue the president in his official capacity. According to the publication, the prosecutors were concerned about the operation of the Trump International Hotel which opened a year ago near the White House. This lawsuit today is just another iteration of the case that was filed by that group, CREW.

Asked Monday about the lawsuits, White House spokesman Sean Spicer branded them political.

The focus on Trump International Hotel stems in part from businesses in Washington and Maryland, some partly owned by the local governments, complaining that its link to the president effectively gives it an unfair competitive advantage.