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DC and Maryland AGs sue Trump for constitutional violations

DC and Maryland AGs sue Trump for constitutional violations”

The Foreign Emoluments Clause prohibits officeholders from accepting foreign gifts or other benefits without Congress' consent; its domestic counterpart bars federal or state compensation of the president beyond his salary. The Domestic Emoluments Clause prevents individual states from competing against each other by giving the President money or other things of value.

The Justice Department said on Friday those plaintiffs did not suffer in any way and had no standing to sue, and that it was unconstitutional to sue the President in his official capacity. A statement released to the press Monday says they'll announce the suit at a news conference in Washington.

The lawsuit, to be filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, will be the second major legal action related to emoluments. Racine called it "remarkable".

"It's unprecedented that the American people must question day after day whether decisions are made or actions are taken to benefit the United States or to benefit President Trump", Frosh said.

The attorney generals of Maryland and Columbia plan to file a lawsuit that foreign payments to President Trump violate the U.S. Constitution, according to reports.

At the center of the suit is the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., where Trump regularly welcomes foreign diplomats.

Responses to the announcement by the attorneys general were mixed.

As if he didn't have enough on his hands, President Donald Trump has new antagonists on another front, this one contending that he is violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution through his continued ownership of the Trump organization.

"It's not hard to conclude that partisan politics may be more the motivations behind the scenes", he added.

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"This lawsuit today is just another iteration of the case that was filed by that group CREW, filed actually by the same lawyers", Mr. Spicer said.

Despite a pledge to isolate himself from the business, Trump held on to his assets and placed them in a trust in his name.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday.

Racine and Frosh are getting legal support from lawyers at CREW, the group behind the emoluments clause lawsuit in NY.

Frosh outlined details of the lawsuit in an interview with The Associated Press. The Post cited that the president's son, Eric Trump, said his father would get regular updates about his company's financial health. Racine noted that although Trump said he wouldn't be involved in his businesses, he was still getting briefings from his sons.

If the case moves forward, it could help uncover significant facts related to Trump's business dealings that he has kept hidden from public view. It will argue that the U.S. General Services Administration wrongly allowed Trump's company to continue to lease the Old Post Office building, where Trump built his D.C. hotel, even though a clause in the contract said no elected official could remain on the lease.

"We do not sue the president of the United States casually", Frosh said.

It is not clear what it would mean to put a stop to them.



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