dglobalnews.com DC, Maryland Attorneys General Plan to Sue Trump for Alleged Corruption
Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

DC, Maryland Attorneys General Plan to Sue Trump for Alleged Corruption

DC, Maryland Attorneys General Plan to Sue Trump for Alleged Corruption

The attorneys general of Washington, D.C. and Maryland say that they will file a lawsuit on Monday alleging that President Donald Trump has violated his constitutional oath of office, reports say.

In the case filed in January in Manhattan federal court, an ethics non-profit, restaurant group and hotel events booker allege Trump violates the Constitution's "emoluments" clause, which bars him from accepting gifts from foreign governments without congressional approval, by maintaining ownership over his business empire despite ceding day-to-day control to his sons.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and his D.C. counterpart, Karl Racine, didn't disclose the focus of the litigation, which they said in a statement they would formally announce Monday afternoon.

In the D.C. area, both the District and Maryland will cite ways they have been adversely affected by the opening of the Trump International Hotel past year near the White House.

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AG Racine told Reuters in a March interview that the District of Columbia has suffered particular harm because it subsidized the construction of hotels that are now impacted by foreign payments to Trump properties. "We're bringing suit because the president has not taken adequate steps to separate himself from his business interests". That fight would most likely end up before the Supreme Court, the two said, with Trump's attorneys having to defend why the returns should remain private.

Created to limit the potential for corrupting influences from outside governments, the framers included language in the constitution that said "no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state".

Prior to becoming the president, Trump handled businesses that own hotels in New York City, Las Vegas, Chicago and Miami. But NBC News and MSNBC reported last month that the Trump Organization hasn't been tracking all possible payments it receives from foreign governments.

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