Two US attorney generals to sue Trump

Posted June 12, 2017

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and his D.C. counterpart, Karl Racine, didn't disclose the focus of the litigation, which they said in a statement they would formally announce Monday afternoon.

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. The attorneys general accuse Mr. Trump of breaking many promises to keep his presidential responsibilities separate from his business interests, the report said.

However, the case from two Democratic attorneys general could stand a better chance in court as the first government action over allegations that Trump, a Republican, violated the constitution's so-called emoluments clause. For one, his son Eric Trump has said the president would continue to receive regular updates about his company's financial health. "The emoluments clauses command that. the president put the country first and not his own personal interest first".

AG Racine told Reuters in a March interview that the District of Columbia has suffered particular harm because it subsidized the construction of hotels that are now impacted by foreign payments to Trump properties.

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President Donald Trump waits to speak during the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 15, 2017. Trump himself has appeared at the hotel and greeted guests repeatedly since becoming president.

An NGO that centres on ethics issues filed a similar suit in January.

An artist in Washington, D.C. projected the "Pay Trump Bribes Here" message on the Trump International Hotel in May.