April 20, 2018

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.

S. Korean leader observes missile test amid North's threats
ICBMs have a minimum range of about 3,400 miles (5,500 km), but some are created to travel 6,200 miles (10,000 km) or farther. South Korea is facing tough challenges in resolving the North's nuclear standoff and improving inter-Korean ties.

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.

Other News

Trending Now

'High degree of certainty' that Isis leader Baghdadi is dead, says Russian Federation
Russian Federation believes "with a high degree of certainty" that the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. Russia's Foreign Ministry has said there is a high degree of certainty that Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.

NHL: Glass returns to Vegas in draft
He had 38 goals and 86 points in 57 games with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this past season. Soderlund is also on the small side for his position, standing at 5-foot-9 and weighing in at 163 pounds.

Cindy expected to drench Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia
Heavy rainfall from the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy has caused scattered street flooding across central and southern Indiana. Louisiana's Office of State Parks says high water or damage from Tropical Storm Cindy has closed six parks in southern Louisiana.

'Alexis is definitely leaving' - Arsenal's Sanchez/Welbeck shirt number mix-up after kit launch
But don't be anxious (yet, at least) Gooners - the club's official launch has both stars and goalkeeper Petr Cech photoshopped in. How could Arsenal line up next season? And Mustafi told Bild that he wants Sanchez to still be at the Emirates next season.

Israeli Air Strike Hits Syria After Bombing
The IDF reportedly stressed that it views Damascus as " ultimately responsible for what is happening in its territory ". Syrian state-run news agency SANA reported several people were killed in the Israeli strikes.

Some House Democrats mull over how to oust Pelosi as leader
She is, after all, a millionaire San Francisco party-line liberal incapable of understanding what most of America wants and needs. But some rank-and-file House Democrats scoffed at such explanations and raised questions about Pelosi's continued leadership.

Gallant Kirk eyes Park in LPGA Tour event
She had two birdies on either side of the turn at the 10th and 14th holes with a bogey sandwiched between them at the 13th hole. McDonald finished with seven birdies and a bogey while playing in front of her parents, grandparents and several family friends.

South Africa win thriller against England, tie up T20 series
Here, Press Association Sport identifies some of the main talking points ahead of Sunday's decider in Cardiff . Dane Paterson made his debut for South Africa as England chose to field first on winning the toss.

2 on Thunderbirds jet in Ohio accident taken to hospital
A military jet is attended to after flipping over at the Dayton International Airport on Friday , June 23, 2017 , in Dayton, Ohio. Captain Erik Gonsalves is the pilot, and the passenger is Staff Sergeant Kenneth Cordova .

GE Capital Aviation Services signs firm order for 100 A320neo aircraft
The MAX 8 and 9 will be followed in 2019 by the introduction of a smaller, long range MAX 7 and a 200-seat MAX 8. The combined value of the deals is $39.7 billion at list price, although airlines typically get discounts.