GOP official calls suit against Trump 'absurd'

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

The suit has been filed in The United States District Court for the District of Maryland and asks for the court to order Trump to stop the alleged practices.

The state of Maryland and the Distrıct of Columbia have sued U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, alleging he has violated the constitution's anti-corruption clauses, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

"It is unprecedented that the American people must question day after day whether decisions are made and actions are taken to benefit the United States or to benefit Donald Trump", Frosh said.

But what we do know is that this is not the first time the Trump has been hit with this kind of legal action. They claimed that Trump was violating the Emoluments Clause by maintaining ownership of his fleet of businesses.

In New York, Trump Tower leases space to the Chinese government-controlled bank ICBC and Trump World Tower and other properties also focuses on foreign clients, including Russians, it said.

"Never before has a president acted with such a disregard for this constitutional prescription", the lawsuit says.

NORTHAM: The lawsuit also contends Trump's businesses are drawing away customers from hotels, convention centers and the like in Maryland and D.C. White House Spokesman Sean Spicer batted away the lawsuit by two Democratic attorneys general as partisan politics. Instead, he moved his business interests into a trust managed by his sons. That arrangement means he will benefit from the success of the business, even if he doesn't reap the rewards until after he leaves office.

"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. If Trump doesn't, the overseas properties could amount to a national security threat. "As state attorneys general representing the people, we have a duty to serve as a check and balance against the president, whose business activities have opened the door to the type of corruption the Framers of our Constitution aimed to prevent". The suit says that not just hotel payments but tax breaks and permits count as emoluments.

The suit also alleged that Trump benefits from foreign distribution payments for his "The Apprentice" reality TV show; and that he benefits from the global real estate projects, hotels and golf courses of the Trump Organization. That's because attorneys would request that Mr Trump's personal tax returns be provided as a part of the discovery process, which Mr Trump appears likely to fight. Earlier this year, a lawsuit was filed by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington against Trump. Since then, a restaurant group and two individuals in the hotel industry have joined as plaintiffs.

Attorneys General Racine and Frosh expressed their thanks to their staffs and to several partners who provided assistance in assembling the lawsuit. "The lawyers driving the suit are an advocacy group with partisan ties".

"Were plaintiffs" interpretation correct, presidents from the very beginning of the republic, including George Washington, would have received prohibited "emoluments, '" the department said.

The Trump Organization has promised in the past to take steps to address some ethics concerns. Foreign governments - including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Georgia - have all booked rooms at Trump's new Washington hotel.

But in documentation sent to lawmakers the company said it would be "impractical" to track everyone. Foreign and US government entities rent space in Trump-owned buildings.

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