Attorneys General Of Maryland And DC Sue Trump Over His Businesses

For one, his son Eric Trump has said the president would continue to receive regular updates about his company's financial health. He also noted that both of the attorneys general involved are Democrats.

Filed Monday by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia, the suit argues that Trump's business with foreign regimes and the federal government runs afoul of constitutional provisions meant to combat corruption.

Trump has stepped back from daily management of his businesses, which have been placed into a trust run by his sons and another close associate.

The lawsuit focuses on the fact that the president opted to keep ownership of his businesses when he was elected.

A handful of Supreme Court cases have dealt with emoluments, but it's fair to say that the definition remains unclear. The clause prohibits federal officials from accepting any gifts or emoluments, roughly defined as fees or profits, from foreign powers. As part of their strategy, Frosh said the attorneys general intend to seek access to Trump's financial records, including his tax returns, to determine the extent of his potential conflicts of interest. "The president can stand over here with his president of the United States hat and he's not allowed to take payments, but he takes a step over here and puts on his businessman hat they can funnel as much money to him as they want".

The Saudi Arabian government has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars at the hotel, Raccine said, citing just one example of how the president's vast global businesses are entangled with state and foreign government interests.

A federal judge will decide if the case proceeds, and the two attorneys say they will demand copies of Trump's tax returns if it does. "The actions of the attorneys general represent the kind of partisan grandstanding voters across the country have come to despise".

During the press conference, Racine and Frosh denied that the case was partisan or political motivated and invited Republican attorneys general to join their lawsuit.

Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine told reporters that foreign governments are already spending money at Trump properties to curry favor with Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during a joint press conference with visiting Romanian President Klaus Iohannis (not in the picture) at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on June 9, 2017.

"We have a duty to enforce the law and that's why we are taking action today". The president called an earlier, similar lawsuit about the so-called emoluments clause of the constitution an issue "without merit, totally without merit".

Their suit, filed in Maryland federal court, alleges that Trump's real estate and business holdings violate a little-known emoluments clause of the Constitution which bar the President and other government employees from accepting foreign gifts and payments without congressional approval.

The domestic Emoluments Clause says presidents will receive payment for their time in the White House and may not receive payment or "any other emolument" from a USA state or a foreign government during this period.

The Justice Department on Friday argued in the other emoluments lawsuit filed in January that the plaintiffs lacked legal standing to sue because they can not allege enough specific harm caused by Trump's businesses.

  • Joanne Flowers