Maryland, DC attorneys general suing Trump

Maryland, DC attorneys general suing Trump

Maryland, DC attorneys general suing Trump

The emoluments clause in the Constitution is rearing its Founding Fathers-approved head yet again, with attorneys general for both Maryland and Washington, D.C., set to sue President Donald Trump on Monday for allegedly accepting foreign gifts and payments.

Mr Trump's administration has argued in other, separate lawsuits that the President is not violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution because the hotel is charging market-rate prices in Trump-owned businesses.

Trump announced in January that he would shift his business assets into a trust managed by his sons, in an effort to eliminate potential conflicts of interest.

Racine and Frosh told WaPo that if a federal judge allows the case to proceed, the first major obstacle they will likely face is obtaining Trump's tax returns through the discovery process. For one, his son Eric Trump has said the president would continue to receive regular updates about his company's financial health. "By not divesting from his businesses, the president has chosen to put himself and our country in the position we are in today".

The Trump Hotel in the nation's capital affects business in the Washington area and is part of the reason the lawsuit was filed, the two Democratic officials said. "Were Plaintiffs" interpretation correct, Presidents from the very beginning of the Republic, including George Washington, would have received prohibited "emolument'".

According to the agency, the lawsuit was filed in the U.S state of Maryland.

As the Senate investigates Russia's interference into the 2016 presidential election the president is now facing fire from the D.C. and Maryland Attorney's Generals in the form of federal lawsuit.

He referred to a similar suit filed in January by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a DC-based watchdog group, and said "it's not hard to conclude that partisan politics is behind this suit".

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Racine and Frosh said in a news conference that the Trump hotel, just blocks from the White House, creates unfair competition for other businesses in the District and Maryland.

A spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee says a lawsuit filed against President Donald Trump by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia "is absurd".

"The suit alleges that President Trump is flagrantly violating the Constitution", Racine said at a press conference in Washington.

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Attorneys General Racine and Frosh argued that Trump have injured and threaten to cause continuing injury to the State of Maryland and District of Columbia and their respective residents.

The Trump Organization has promised in the past to take steps to address some ethics concerns. "There have been many presidents before him". It claims Trump violated two anti-corruption rules in the Constitution that prohibit the president from pulling in profits from businesses he owns, controls or prospers from.

The lawsuit will claim that Trump has failed to follow this portion of the clause due to the fact that he hasn't actually set up his business dealings as a true "blind trust".

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