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Maryland, DC attorneys general plan lawsuit against Trump

25 June 2017, 02:31 | Guillermo Sutton

And government further said that Trump's hotel revenues do not fit the definition of an improper payment under the constitution. "The Saudis are already spending hundreds of thousands of dollars at the Trump Hotel".

Frosh said "we'll need to see his financial records, his taxes that he has refused to release" in order to understand the president's constitutional violations, the Post said. Let us know in the comment section below.

"Yet fundamental to a President's fidelity to that oath is the Constitution's demand that the President, as the highest officeholder in the land, disentangle his private finances from those of domestic and foreign powers".

"Never before has a president acted with such disregard for this constitutional prescription", the suit said.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine during a press conference on June 12. Racine noted that although Trump said he wouldn't be involved in his businesses, he was still getting briefings from his sons. That arrangement means he will benefit from the success of the business, even if he doesn't reap the rewards until after he leaves office.

The attorneys also argue that Maryland and the District of Columbia are struggling to compete economically.

The suit says that Maryland and D.C. are now being forced to either give the Trump Organization special treatment or refuse and watch other states that do give it special treatment profit.

"An emoluments lawsuit against Trump has been filed by D.C. and Maryland".

The suit will allege that Trump has taken favors from the US government. The Founding Fathers drafted the Emoluments Clauses to prevent elected officials from being influenced by either foreign or domestic wealthy actors.

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Racine and Frosh believe the tax returns will be the first step in establishing the extent of Trump's involvement in foreign business dealings, but the pair said the fight will likely end up in the Supreme Court.

"In the emoluments clauses, we have these ancient air bags that were placed in the Constitution by the framers that are now being deployed", Norman Eisen, a former chief White House ethics lawyer for the Barack Obama White House, said. A nonprofit restaurant group and others have joined the suit since. Spicer pointed to a private lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, or CREW, which the Justice Department on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss.

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

But in documentation sent to lawmakers the company said it would be "impractical" to track everyone.

Legal scholars who have addressed the emoluments clauses as they pertain to President Trump have mixed opinions.

Representative Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, blasted that plan.

Democrats said that Trump violates the Constitution, which forbids public officials from accepting gifts or emoluments from foreign governments and economic benefits from federal or state governments (that are not his salary.) The objective of this ban is to curb corruption.



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