Officials in Maryland and the U.S. capital Washington will sue President Donald Trump for accepting payments and benefits from foreign governments through his business empire, news reports said Sunday night.
Trump said in January that he would hand over control of his company to his sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, and longtime Trump Organization executive Alan Weisselberg through a trust.
FOX 5's Melanie Alnwick says the lawsuit also calls into question Trump's hotel lease with the General Services Administration - as well as his golf courses, hotels and resorts if they get government bookings, state tax breaks or favorable zoning. The case would likely end up before the Supreme Court and the president's lawyers could explain why his returns should not be made public, Frosh and Racine told the Post.
"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". "The emoluments clauses command that. the president put the country first and not his own personal interest first", said Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D), in comments to the Washington Post.
Racine said he felt obligated to sue Trump in part because the Republican-controlled Congress has not taken the president's apparent conflicts seriously.
The lawsuit is expected to be filed with the US District Court for the District of Maryland.
Trump already faces a similar lawsuit that was brought in January by plaintiffs including a ethics non-profit group.
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Created to limit the potential for corrupting influences from outside governments, the framers included language in the constitution that said "no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state".
Trump has accused his Democratic opponents of "judge shopping", even threatening to "break up" the unruly court that oppose his anti-immigration policies. In April, the ambassador of Georgia stayed at the hotel and tweeted his compliments.
Trump himself has appeared at the hotel and greeted guests repeatedly since becoming president.
As a result, the hotel may be drawing business away from both the taxypayer-owned D.C. convention center and one in nearby Maryland subsidized by taxpayers, Frosh and Racine said. "There have been many presidents before him".
The suit will allege that Trump has taken favors from the USA government.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Inc., and two individuals filed a suit earlier this year alleging the president is violating the "emoluments clause" of the Constitution by letting his businesses accept money from foreign governments.
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