Attorneys general hope to force Trump financial disclosures

Lauren Perry
June 13, 2017

Officials in Maryland and the USA capital Washington will sue President Donald Trump for accepting payments and benefits from foreign governments through his business empire, news reports have said.

Maryland and the U.S. capital sued President Donald Trump today, saying he is breaking laws by raking in money from foreign governments and businesses at his luxury hotels and office towers.

President Donald Trump is being accused of using his presidency for financial gain after foreign government officials paid to stay at hotels he owns.

The Justice Department said Friday that those plaintiffs did not suffer in any way and had no standing to sue, and that it was unconstitutional to sue the president in his official capacity.

"It actually started with a press conference as opposed to filing it, which is interesting", Spicer said.

"He bragged about that on the campaign trial", Frosh said.

A public-relations firm hired by Saudi Arabia, which Trump visited on his first trip overseas as president, spent more than $270,000 on rooms, meals and parking at Trump's hotel.

"It's not hard to conclude that partisan politics may be more the motivations behind the scenes", he added.

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These clauses were included in the Constitution as a corruption counter balance provision within the Title of Nobility Clause. "I think we'll continue to move to dismiss this case in the normal course of business".

They also wrote that presidents will receive payment for the job, and may not receive "any other emolument from the United States, or any of them".

Frosh said the president has discussed some of his business dealings on the campaign trail, noting Trump's mention that a state-owned Chinese bank has office space in Trump Tower in NY.

The attorneys general also said states that provide zoning variances or tax breaks to a Trump business project could win favor at the White House, harming those that do not.

The attorneys general cite the emoluments clause of the Constitution which has never before been heard by the Supreme Court or federal courts. Trump said he was shifting assets into a trust managed by his sons to eliminate potential conflicts of interest.

While the chance of success is slim, the lawsuit seeks to shine a light on Trump's personal tax returns to assess the magnitude of his foreign business dealings.

"The president's interests, as previously discussed, do not violate the emoluments clause", Spicer said during a press briefing.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, the pair of Democrats who filed the suit, denied that partisanship played a role in their decision to pursue legal action against Trump.

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