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

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

Frosh described the Emoluments Clause as a firewall.

The attorney generals of Maryland and the District of Columbia have served Trump with a new lawsuit accusing the president of violating the U.S. Constitution.

"The President's conflict of interests threaten our country".

The lawsuit says despite billionaire Trump having placed his extensive business holdings in a trust after he was elected president, he still owns the properties and is well-aware of the money they are earning him.

Lindsay Jancek, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, on Monday described the lawsuit as "absurd".

Democratic attorneys general have taken a lead role in challenging Trump policies, successfully blocking executive orders restricting travel from some Muslim-majority countries. "This case is, at its core, about the right of Marylanders, residents of the District of Columbia and all Americans to have honest government", Frosh said, adding they need to see Trump's financial records to know the "extent of Trump's constitutional violations".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday rejected the claim that Trump's business interests violated the Constitution and said "partisan politics" were behind the lawsuit.

US President Donald J. Trump (R), First Lady Melania Trump (C) and their son Barron Trump return to the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 11 June 2017, after a trip to New Jersey. Some congressional Democrats also are weighing a legal challenge. But questions continue to be raised whether that arrangement adequately meets the ethical standards that Americans should expect of their president.

In a recent response to an earlier lawsuit, Trump's Justice Department argues that the emoluments clauses don't apply to the president's businesses.

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

They noted that Trump's businesses recently obtained approval for valuable trademarks from China.

"The Republican-controlled Congress has wholly failed.as serving as a check and balance on the president, and has thus far given the president a total pass on his business entanglements", Racine said.

The attorneys general allege that Trump's actions have harmed Maryland's "sovereign interests".

Racine acknowledged the case could break new ground.

Frosh said that as part of the lawsuit they'll be seeking Trump's financial records, including his tax returns. He has handed day-to-day operations over to his two adult sons, but he's still profiting from his businesses.

Both Racine and Frosh are both Democrats but both have alleged that "this is not a partisan issue". They also have planned new businesses in the United States.

The suit detailed the popularity with foreign officials of the opulent Trump International Hotel since his January 20 inauguration, alleging that the hotel "has specifically marketed itself to the diplomatic community".

While Frosh and Racine note several instances of foreign diplomats staying at the Trump hotel - and that the Kuwaiti Embassy appears to have moved an event to the hotel from another Washington venue - it does not cite an example of a guest pulling out of a Maryland hotel to stay at the Trump property.



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