The District of Columbia and state of Maryland sued President Trump on Monday, claiming that he has violated the Constitution by accepting foreign money through his business.
The attorneys general from both states have arranged a news conference for noon ET in Washington.
The suit will be filed in federal court in Maryland, accusing Trump of violating the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause.
The clause prohibits the president from taking payments from foreign governments without the consent of Congress.
The suit will allude to Trump’s network of hotels, golf courses, his luxury hotel in Washington and other commercial properties.
The President pledged to distance himself from the business, but he didn’t gave up from his assets and even placed them in a trust in his name.
According to D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D), this is not the first time Trump has failed to separate his businesses from his public duties.
His son Eric Trump recently said that Trump will continue to receive updates regarding his company’s financial status.
“Fundamental to a President’s fidelity to [faithfully execute his oath of office] is the Constitution’s demand that the President … disentangle his private finances from those of domestic and foreign powers. Never before has a President acted with such disregard for this constitutional prescription.” – The Washington Post.
This is yet another case that Trump has to tackle, considering that he’s already under investigations by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and congressional committees regarding the Russian connection scandal.
The first step, if a federal judge allows the case to go on, would be to demand process copies of Trump’s personal tax returns in order to establish the size of his foreign business dealings.
“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 to The Washington Post.
Both attorneys hope that this suits will force Trump to stop violating the Constitution.
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