Maryland, DC attorneys general plan lawsuit against president

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Giugno 23, 2017

US President Donald Trump faces a fresh legal battle as two attorneys general are reportedly suing him over claims he breached anti-corruption clauses of the Constitution.

According to the Constitution, federal officials, including the president, may not accept "emoluments" or other gifts from foreign governments without the permission of Congress.

The Washington Post reported that the attorney's suspect Trump is violating the anti-corruption clauses of the Constitution and "received payments from foreign governments" after assuming the presidential office.

Frosh of Maryland and Karl A. Racine of Washington - both Democrats - will file the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Maryland on Monday, officials said.

The lawsuit was filed today in Maryland federal court, The New York Times said.

Since Trump continues to own and profit from the Trump Organization, the lawsuit claims citizens can not know whether their president is making decisions in the best interests of the nation or rather out of "self-interested motivations grounded in the global and domestic business dealings in which President Trump's personal fortune is at stake".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer accused the Democratic Party of being behind the new lawsuits, saying they were "just another iteration of the case that was filed by that group Crew, filed actually by the same lawyers, so it's not hard to conclude that partisan politics may be one of the motivations behind the suit". "Never in the history of this country have we had a president with these kinds of extensive business entanglements".

The plaintiffs believe that foreign investment in business trump contrary to the Constitution of the country.

Spicer says the president's interests "do not violate the emoluments clause" and he pointed to the fact that both AGs are Democrats.

Mr Frosh said Mr Trump regularly welcomed foreign diplomats to his hotel and appeared frequently at Trump establishments, "using his role as president to raise their public profile".

Once the federal judge permits the case to progress, the first step will be to obtain Trump's personal returns copies to determine the level of his overseas business transactions.

The Republican National Committee in a statement called the lawsuit "absurd".

Trump's foreign business dealings and potential conflicts of interest have been controversial since the campaign, but now D.C. and Maryland are demanding transparency within the Trump Administration to ease citizens' concerns.

"We know that foreign governments are spending money [at the Trump International Hotel] in order to curry favor with the president of the United States", Racine said. Trump was supposed to shift business assets into his sons' trust to eliminate the prospects of his son having conflicts of interests.

Since then, a restaurant group and two individuals in the hotel industry joined as plaintiffs.

Monday's lawsuit, the first by a government body against Trump over the emoluments provision, comes on the heels of other lawsuits, challenging Trump's decision to financially benefit from his enterprises while serving in the White House.

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