Maryland, DC plan to sue Trump over foreign payments

Maryland, DC plan to sue Trump over foreign payments

Attorneys general for Washington, D.C. and Maryland are planning to sue President Trump on Monday for accepting millions in payments from foreign governments which they say violates the Constitution's anti-corruption laws, The Washington Post reported early Monday.

(The Post received a copy of the lawsuit.) It says the fact that Trump retains ownership of his company while serving as president has made him "deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors".

"Fundamental to a President's fidelity to [faithfully execute his oath of office] is the Constitution's demand that the President. disentangle his private finances from those of domestic and foreign powers", the suit reads.

The clause was written to ensure that U.S. government officials would not be corrupted by favors or gifts from foreign governments.

"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 told the Washington Post.

President Donald Trump previously announced that he will give full control of his businesses to his sons to avoid any conflict of interests.

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A non-governmental organisation, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, lodged a similar legal action in January.

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.

CREW is outside counsel on the lawsuit the attorneys general plan to file. The suit will say that not just hotel payments but tax breaks and permits count as emoluments.

In addition, the suit will say that states have standing to sue because they entered a contract, the Constitution, that prohibits the president from receiving emoluments. After the suit was filed, a nonprofit restaurant group, a New York hotel and restaurant owner, and a woman who books events at hotels in Washington joined the plaintiffs.

Welcome to the Oldest Political News Web Site on The Internet. That means it the business will not try to identify people who haven't specifically identified themselves as representing a foreign government. In April, the ambassador of Georgia stayed at the hotel and tweeted his compliments. The government also argued the market-rate hotel payments aren't the kind of harm barred by the clause.

The suit being filed Monday will ask the court for an injunction blocking Trump from accepting foreign money, the person said.