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.
According to The Washington Post, which first reported the lawsuit, the lawsuit focuses on Trump’s decision to retain ownership of his company when he became president. Trump insisted in January that he was moving business assets into a trust to be managed by his sons and eliminate possible conflicts.
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said Trump has failed to keep his promises involving his businesses, including having his son Eric Trump update his father about the company’s finances.
“This case is, at its core, about the right of Marylanders, residents of the District of Columbia and all Americans to have honest government,” Frosh told The Post. “The emoluments clauses command that the president put the country first and not his own personal interest first.”
The announcement has been scheduled for noon on Monday.
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