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US Attorneys-General to sue over foreign payments to Trump hotels

12 June 2017

In the District of Columbia and Maryland, Attorney Generals Karl A. Racine and Brian Frosh will file complaints which allege the president violated the constitution.

A statement released to the media on Monday said the Democratic attorneys general will make the announcement at a news conference planned for noon EDT in Washington.

If a federal judge allows the case to proceed, one of the first steps will be to demand through the discovery process copies of Trump's personal tax returns to gauge the extent of his foreign business dealings. For instance, the president still receives routine updates on the company's finances.

President Trump will be sued by Maryland and D.C.'s attorney generals for alleged violations of the Constitution's emoluments clause.


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The Post cited examples of foreign government showing preference for that hotel over others, at what neighbouring Maryland and Washington say is their expense.

"We're getting in here to be the check and balance that it appears Congress is unwilling to be", Racine told the Post, describing the case.

President Donald Trump waits to speak during the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 15, 2017. The first was filed in January by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a D.C. -based watchdog group. The government also said Trump hotel revenue does not fit the definition of an improper payment under the constitution.

US Attorneys-General to sue over foreign payments to Trump hotels