Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Lena Vasquez

Maryland and DC plan to sue Trump over foreign payments

Maryland and DC plan to sue Trump over foreign payments

Democratic attorneys general in Washington, D.C. and Maryland will file a lawsuit Monday against the president alleging that foreign payments to his business violate the Constitution's emoluments clause.

Maryland's Brian Frosh and D.C.'s Karl Racine said on Sunday the two would be lodging a lawsuit against the President.

The attorneys general say that the president violated the Constitution's domestic and foreign emoluments clauses, which the Post points out were meant to prevent foreign countries from having influence over America's ambassadors in the late 18th century.

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According to ABC News, the lawsuit alleges that Trump violated the Constitution in regards to his business dealings. For one, his son Eric Trump has said the president would continue to receive regular updates about his company's financial health.

This is not the first time Trump has been accused of violating the clause.

"We're getting in here to be the check and balance that it appears Congress is unwilling to be", he said.

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The hotel has tilted the playing field in the city's travel and entertainment industry in favor of a venue leased by a Trump company - at least, that is, when it comes to foreign governments that book venues in the nation's capital.

Prior to becoming the president, Trump handled businesses that own hotels in New York City, Las Vegas, Chicago and Miami.

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That puts the district in a "unique position" to file legal claims over the emoluments clause, Racine said.

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