DC, Maryland to sue President Trump for alleged breach of constitutional oath

Posted June 26, 2017

The Attorney Generals argued that Trump's continued violation of anti-corruption clauses of the Constitution undermines the trust of the American people and his conflicts of interest threaten the country's democracy. The most recent of these lawsuits however have a better chance than the others as the allegations are the first to be said to violate the constitution emolument clause.

"Again, the reason why we're here is because the President of the United States, in a wholly unprecedented fashion, has made a decision to maintain a sprawling worldwide business empire that accepts money without account from foreign governments", Mr Racine said.

Jancek also told The New York Times that Democrats should: "end their efforts to delegitimize his (Trump's) presidency". According to him, they can not tolerate the president's ongoing Constitutional violations and his disregard for the rights of the Americal people.

"Every time the president has spoken about drawing a line between his presidency and his businesses, he's walked those promises back", said D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said at a news conference on Monday.

The lawsuit, which Racine and Frosh described to The Washington Post on Sunday night, could open a new front for Trump as he navigates dueling investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees of possible collusion between his associates and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Racine said he hopes the lawsuit will prompt Republicans in Congress and Trump to take steps that the suit is asking the court to take. "He continues to take money from foreign governments.He doesn't seem to understand or care about these violations of the constitution".

This lawsuit also concerns the fact that Trump wanted to keep his company ownership when he was elected as the new president of the United States. The president called an earlier, similar lawsuit about the emoluments issue "without merit, totally without merit".

"From day one, President Trump has been committed to complete transparency and compliance with the law", RNC spokeswoman Lindsay Jancek said in a statement. She says the lawsuit represents "the kind of partisan grandstanding voters across the country have come to despise".

"In the emoluments clauses, we have these ancient air bags that were placed in the Constitution by the framers that are now being deployed." said Eisen, who has been working with the District and Maryland on their suit.

The January case which was filed in the Manhattan course alleges the President violated the emoluments clause, by still owning his business.

Mr Trump and his lawyers argue the clause does not cover fair-value transactions, such as hotel room payments and real estate sales. Just days after his inauguration in January, the government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a federal lawsuit in the Southern District of NY. A nonprofit restaurant group and others have joined the suit since.

The Justice Department on Friday said that those plaintiffs lack the legal standing to sue because they can not properly explain or allege the particular harm caused by the Trump's businesses.

NBC's Asher Klein and Associated Press writer Julie Bykowicz contributed to this report.

The suit is the first to be filed by a governmental entity, but it is the third such suit targeting Trump for refusing to divest from his private business and allegedly benefiting from foreign agents and other guests with business before the federal government who patronize Trump's properties.

The Maryland and D.C. attorneys general are seeking an order in U.S. District Court in Maryland preventing Trump from continuing to receive government payments beyond his salary. Norm Eisen, chair of CREW's board, was at the press conference on Tuesday with Racine and Frosh.

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.