Attorneys suing Trump for payments from foreign Governments

Attorneys General of Washington DC and Maryland claim President Trump violated the anti-corruption provisions of the Constitution
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12/06/2017
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Washington DC
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Attorneys General of Washington DC and Maryland will sue US President Donald Trump this Monday claiming he has violated the anti-corruption provisions of the Constitution by accepting millions of dollars from foreign governments in payments to his companies, stated The Washington Post.

The two Attorneys General, both Democrats, will base their claim on the fact that President Trump has been receiving those "millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments" since moving to the White House and also considering that he chose to "retain the ownership of his company" after taking office.

Trump transferred the control of his business conglomerate to his two adult male sons, Donald Jr and Eric, to avoid potential conflicts of interest during his period.

However, DC Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh consider that Trump "has broken many promises to keep his public duty separate from his private business interests, including receiving regular updates on the financial performance of the company".

If a federal judge allows the case to proceed, prosecutors in Washington and Maryland told the Post, one of the first steps would be to ask for copies of Trump's tax returns - which he has declined to make public so far - to find out how far his business deals abroad.

Such battle would surely end in the Supreme Court, with Trump's lawyers obliged to defend why the president's tax returns should remain private.

The lawsuit could open a new front for Trump at a time when he is struggling with whether anyone in his campaign was involved with the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 election.
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