The Attorney-Generals of Maryland and the District of Columbia plan to file a lawsuit alleging that foreign payments to US President Donald Trump's businesses violate the constitution, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Trump's continued ownership of a global business empire has rendered the president "deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors" and has undermined the integrity of the USA political system, the lawsuit claimed.
President Donald Trump is facing a new lawsuit filed by the attorneys general of Maryland and District of Columbia, alleging that he is violating clauses in the U.S. Constitution that were meant to prevent corruption.
WASHINGTON (AP) The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia hope a little-known clause in the Constitution will force President Donald Trump to separate himself from his businesses and release his tax returns and other financial information, contending in a lawsuit he is corruptible to foreign governments who make payments to his businesses from around the world.
The two attorney generals argue in the lawsuit that President Trump's actions harm their "sovereign interests" as states that interact with Mr. Trump's company could receive special treatment from the federal government.
Newly filed lobbying disclosures show the Saudi government recently spent about $270,000 at the Trump International Hotel in Washington as part of a larger lobbying campaign to ease a USA terrorism law. It comes amid investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller III of conspiracy between Trump associates and the Russian government during the presidential campaign previous year.
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"The actions of the attorneys general represent the kind of partisan grandstanding voters across the country have come to despise", Jancek said in a statement. Since Trump's inauguration [VIDEO], Saudi Arabia has also booked hotel rooms several times.This was the first claim of similar content of state structures against President #Donald Trump, the newspaper concluded.
Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine told reporters that foreign governments are already spending money at Trump properties to curry favor with Trump.
The suit says that despite billionaire Trump having placed his extensive business holdings in a trust after he was elected president, he still owns the properties and is conscious of the money they are earning him. Spicer pointed to a private lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, or CREW, which the Justice Department on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss.
The hotel opened in October past year with Trump in attendance and questions have swirled around it ever since, particularly in light of patronage by foreign officials, including 100 foreign diplomats who were there for an event in November.
News of the lawsuit comes as the Trump administration is under growing pressure following the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, who claimed under oath that the president and White House officials lied repeatedly about both the nature of their conversations and the reasons behind the director's firing in May.
"This lawsuit is just another iteration of the case that was filed by CREW", he said.
The foreign emoluments clause was written to ensure that US government officials would not be corrupted by favors or gifts from foreign governments. If Trump doesn't, the overseas properties could amount to a national security threat.