Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Plans to sue President Trump over allegedly taking foreign government payments


An attorney for Trump said in January that the president was resigning from the Trump Organization and handing leadership over to his sons to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

"Whatever the sincerity of the persons involved, foreign and domestic officials are put in the position of considering whether offering benefits to businesses associated with the president is important to maintaining goodwill", the lawsuit says. Some Democratic members of Congress have also warned they plan to file suit.

"Although he formed a trust to hold his business assets, he may obtain distributions from his trust at any time", it said.

Summary: Donald Trump has been sued by two attorney generals who want him to release his tax returns. The clause prohibits federal officials from accepting any gifts or emoluments, roughly defined as fees or profits, from foreign powers.

The US Justice Department, however, argues the Emoluments Clause does not prevent the business enterprises of a president or a federal employee from receiving payments from foreign governments.

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Attorneys General Racine and Frosh expressed their thanks to their staffs and to several partners who provided assistance in assembling the lawsuit.

"We know exactly what's going on every single day", said Racine, noting that he could see Trump's hotel in Washington from his office.

The attorneys general allege that Trump's actions have harmed Maryland's "sovereign interests".

Much of the complaint stems from a lawsuit filed by liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington earlier this year, but supporters of the Maryland-D.C. lawsuit hope that Racine and Frosh can push further ahead than their predecessors due to their positions in the USA government.

"The president is bound by oath to faithfully execute his office and preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." the lawsuit says, and the president has to "disentangle his private finances" and to keep them aloof from domestic or foreign affairs to attain his oath and retrieve the peoples' trust.

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Trump's unique status as both president and the financial beneficiary of his global business empire raised questions about the emoluments clause of the Constitution even before he took office.

"We have a duty to enforce the law and that's why we are taking action today", Racine added.

Just days after his inauguration in January, government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a federal lawsuit in the Southern District of NY. Since then, a restaurant group and two individuals in the hotel industry have joined as plaintiffs.

On Friday, the US Department of Justice claimed that those plaintiffs lacked the legal standing to sue because they were unable to allege specific harm to the president's integrity brought on by foreign revenue to his conglomerate.

While the attorneys did not disclose the focus of the suit, the Washington Post reported that the suit would allege Trump violated constitutional anti-corruption restrictions by accepting payments from foreign governments as president. Racine and Frosh believe the tax returns will be the first step in establishing the extent of Trump's involvement in foreign business dealings, but the pair said the fight will likely end up in the Supreme Court.

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