Maryland, DC plan to sue Trump over foreign payments

Maryland, DC plan to sue Trump over foreign payments

The attorneys-general of Maryland and the District of Columbia plan to file a lawsuit yesterday alleging that foreign payments to President Donald Trump's businesses violate the United States constitution, according to a source familiar with the situation.

But District of Columbia (D.C.) Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) said Trump has broken many promises to keep separate his public duties and private business interests.

An NGO that centres on ethics issues filed a similar suit in January.

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It says that despite shifting his business empire into a trust run by his sons, his ownership made the president "deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors", the report says.

The lawsuit, which Racine and Frosh described to The Washington Post on Sunday night, could open a new front for Trump as he navigates dueling investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees of possible collusion between his associates and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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 Constitution's emoluments clause prohibits presidents from accepting payments from foreign governments.

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AG 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.

Prior to becoming the president, Trump handled businesses that own hotels in New York City, Las Vegas, Chicago and Miami.

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