“We have a duty to enforce the law and that’s why we are taking action today”, Racine added.
The emoluments clause orders the president to put the country first and not his own personal interests, says Frosh.
In the most recent General Assembly session, state legislators moved to allow Frosh to pursue lawsuits against the Trump administration without consulting either lawmakers or Gov. Larry Hogan.
At their news conference, the two Democrats said their effort is non-partisan and that other attorneys general, including Republicans, were welcome to join their effort.
Company policy detailed in a new pamphlet suggests that it is up to foreign governments, not Trump’s hotels, to determine whether foreign governments self-report their business dealings.
The suit asks the court for an injunction blocking Trump from accepting foreign money. “Foreign governments are spending money there to curry favor with the president of the United States”.
The lawsuit also focuses on the fact Mr Trump chose to retain ownership of his company when he became President. Trump was supposed to shift business assets into his sons’ trust to eliminate the prospects of his son having conflicts of interests.
In response, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer attacked the lawsuit as motivated by “partisan politics” during his daily press briefing.
The lawsuit claims Trump’s continued ownership of his business empire violates the emoluments clause, which has been little tested in court.
Lindsay Jancek, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, on Monday described the lawsuit as “absurd”.
District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh filed the lawsuit. It claims Trump violated two anti-corruption rules in the Constitution that prohibit the president from pulling in profits from businesses he owns, controls or prospers from.
Of the global hotel in Washington, Racine said: “Foreign governments are spending money there in order to curry favor with the president of the United States”. Trump and his attorneys argue the clause does not cover fair-value transactions, such as hotel room payments and real estate sales.
As I said in a previous post, I think Donald Trump eventually will resign the US presidency and that he’ll concoct some excuse for doing so, which might be that the federal government is treating him unfairly regarding his financial empire.
Filed Monday by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia, the suit argues that Trump’s business with foreign regimes and the federal government runs afoul of constitutional provisions meant to combat corruption.
The lawsuit, obtained by The Washington Post on Sunday night, alleges Trump has committed “unprecedented constitutional violations“.
The emoluments clause stipulates that the president and government officials can not benefit financially from the office they hold and prohibits them from receiving gifts and payments of anything of value from a foreign government or the states.
Attorney General 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.