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Two attorneys general sue Trump: Checks and balances 'are failing us'

13 Juin 2017

The suit, to be filed in federal court in Maryland, will allege that Trump has violated the Constitution's Emoluments Clause, which prohibits the president from accepting payments from foreign governments without the consent of Congress, according to the person.

However, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) and DC Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) believe the president broke several promises to separate his duties to the public and private business interests.

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.

The lawsuit, first reported by The Washington Post late Sunday, hinges on Trump's decision to maintain ownership of his company after becoming president.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Washington Attorney General Karl Racine, both Democrats, said they needed to act because Trump is "flagrantly violating" the Constitution.

"The most important point is to prevent the president from putting his interests over our interests, over your interests, over the interests of all Americans", Frosh said.

But Stanford's Michael McConnell disagreed that the clause applies, saying Trump's ownership stake in the Trump Organization, which does business overseas, is not the same as Trump dealing with another country personally. Eric Trump previously said he would continue to brief his father on the state of the business.

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He arrived in the job in February eager to launch ambitious efforts to combat violent crime and deport undocumented immigrants. Trump's personal lawyer also challenged Comey's account, saying the president never asked for the investigation to be dropped.

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.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted Trump's "interests do not violate the Emoluments Clause" and said partisan politics in behind this lawsuit.

Democratic attorneys general have taken a lead role in challenging Trump policies, successfully blocking executive orders restricting travel from some Muslim-majority countries.

The lawsuit is the latest and most significant legal challenge to Trump over the issue of emoluments and thought to become another legal headache for Trump following special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible Russian meddling in the USA presidential campaign and court challenges to the president's controversial travel ban.

Maryland and D.C. are presented with an "intolerable dilemma" when Trump asks them to grant his businesses land-use permissions or favors, the attorneys general allege. The leader of the free world allegedly accepted millions of benefits and payments from foreign governments since he moved to the White House. "The lawyers driving the suit are advocacy group with partisan ties".

According to the complaint, "U$3 ncertainty about whether the President is acting in the best interests of the American people, or rather for his own ends or personal enrichment, inflicts lasting harm on our democracy".

"If the Justice Department is right, the emoluments clause has no meaning whatsoever", Frosh said. It told lawmakers that it would "track and identify" revenues received by its hotels from foreign governments, which it would then donate to the U.S. Treasury.