Donald Trump is reportedly being sued for 'unprecedented constitutional violations'

Donald Trump is reportedly being sued for 'unprecedented constitutional violations'

Donald Trump is reportedly being sued for 'unprecedented constitutional violations'

The Attorney-Generals of Maryland and the District of Columbia plan to file a lawsuit alleging that foreign payments to US President Donald Trump's businesses violate the constitution, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Lawsuit alleges president is "flagrantly violating the constitution" as his businesses frequently used by officials.

These two Democratic attorney generals are like leaders who take the first step against Trump's policies, successfully blocking executive orders constraining travel from some Muslim-majority countries.

The domestic Emoluments Clause says presidents will receive payment for their time in the White House and may not receive payment or "any other emolument" from a U.S. state or a foreign government during this period.

The lawsuit focuses on the fact that the president opted to keep ownership of his businesses when he was elected. "Or a president who refused to adequately distance themselves from their holdings", Racine said.

In January, Mr. Trump claimed that he was going farther than the law required in putting his interests into a trust.

It pointed to news reports of Asian and Middle Eastern diplomats saying they will go there to impress the president.

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The hotel is notorious to hosting foreign diplomats from various state nations including the Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey Geargia and others.

The government has also said Trump hotel revenue does not fit the definition of an improper payment under the Constitution. It's the first lawsuit of its kind against a president which involves the Constitution's Emoluments Clause.

The US Justice Department, however, argues the Emoluments Clause does not prevent the business enterprises of a president or a federal employee from receiving payments from foreign governments.

The challenge "represents an important new front in the emoluments war", according to Norman Eisen, head of the non-profit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) that also filed a similar suit in NY on behalf of private plaintiffs. Both are Democrats while the president is a Republican.

The two attorney generals argue in the lawsuit that President Trump's actions harm their "sovereign interests" as states that interact with Mr. Trump's company could receive special treatment from the federal government. "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".

The lawsuit followed an earlier similar complaint by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, filed on January 23 in NY federal district court. Legal experts disagree on what constitutes an emolument and whether Mr. Trump has violated the clause or not.

"It's not hard to conclude that partisan politics may be one of the motivations", he said.

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