The way things are going in the White House these days it is more surprising when someone is not suing Trump than when they are. It looks as though we can add more people ready to sue the president to that list.
It is reported that the state attorneys for Maryland and Washington D.C intend to sue Donald Trump over allegations that he has that he has violated an anti-corruption clauses within the Constitution by accepting millions of dollars in payments and benefits from foreign officials while within the White House.
The lawsuit may actually be historically unlike anything seen before, focusing on the payments and benefits that Trump’s many businesses have acquired through foreign governments, as well as Trump’s failure to keep the promises he made to the to separate his private and public business. In January, Trump claimed he planned to shift his business assets into a trust, to be managed by his sons in order to eliminate any potential conflicts of interest.
Attorney General Karl. A. Racine and Attorney General Brian Frosh told The Washington Post that their first step, should a federal judge grant the lawsuit access to proceed, would be to demand that Trump hand over his personal tax returns, so that the extent of his foreign business ties could be viewed.
These promises were empty, as most of President Trump’s promises are. Racine and Frosh believe that Trump has broken his promise to separate his duties to the country from his private business interest. A big reason for them thinking this is that Eric Trump, the president’s son, announced that the president would be receiving regular updates on the financial status of his company.
The lawsuit, of which Racine and Frosh provided a signed copy to The Washington Post, alleges “unprecedented constitution violations” by Donald Trump. The suit also says that Trump’s ongoing ownership of a business empire has made President Trump president “deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors,” which in turn undermines the integrity of the entire United States political system.
It also stated,“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 D.C Attorney General’s office has said that more details would provided on this matter at a press conference, set to take place at noon Eastern time on Monday.
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