Maryland, DC attorneys general suing Trump

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Giugno 15, 2017

The attorneys general of Washington, D.C., and Maryland will file a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump, alleging he violated the Constitution by allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments, ABC News confirmed Sunday. A nonprofit restaurant group, a NY hotel and restaurant owner, and a woman who books events at hotels in Washington have since joined the suit as plaintiffs.

Today, two Democrats-the Attorney General Karl Racine of Washington D.

Harvard University Law School's Laurence Tribe wrote in an email that "The only way the president could avoid violating [the emoluments clause] would be to get congressional consent or divest his assets and place the proceeds in a blind trust".

The lawsuit, first reported by The Washington Post, comes months after state lawmakers in Annapolis gave Frosh broad authority to bypass the governor and sue the federal government on a range of issues. Therefore, the lawsuit seeks the directive to stop Trump from defying the Constitution but the final decision on what should be done lies with the court.

Jancek also says the American people elected Trump president, and that it's time Democrats "end their efforts to delegitimize his presidency".

It is at least the third filed by groups and businesses anxious that Trump might be profiting personally from his presidency. Rather, he has shifted responsibility to the foreign government delegations who stay at his hotel; they're the ones who should be tracking the cash they spend at Trump's hotels. That is what I think this lawsuit is really about.

On Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked about the new state-backed lawsuit. And presidents may not accept anything more than their salaries from either the federal or state governments.

"Never in the history of this country have we had a president with these kinds of extensive business entanglements", the D.C. Attorney General declared.

The attorneys general claim that MGM National Harbor in Prince George's County and the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Montgomery County have been put at a competitive disadvantage by the Trump International Hotel. However, Trump is yet to keep his promises of separating public mandates and business interests. They said the suit involves so-called emolument clauses of the Constitution - little-known anti-corruption provisions meant to shield the president from outside influence.

The lawsuit also focuses on the fact that Trump chose to retain ownership of his company when he became President.

"The emoluments clauses are a firewall against corruption".

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. "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 said, adding they need to see Trump's financial records to know the "extent of Trump's constitutional violations". It told lawmakers in April that it would "track and identify" revenues received by its hotels from foreign governments, which it would then donate to the U.S. Treasury.

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