DC and Maryland Sue Trump for Corruption

The suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland, is the third such lawsuit against Trump, arguing that the president is violating key parts of the Constitution created to ensure that the country's leader is not beholden to foreign interests.

According to them, Trump repeatedly and continues to violate the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses through payments obtained from leases of Trump properties held by foreign-government entities, hotel accommodations, restaurant purchases, use of venues for events, and purchases of other goods and services by foreign governments and diplomats at hotels, restaurants, and other domestic and global properties licensed, owned, or operated by the President.

"It puts democracy at risk when the president is corruptible", Frosh said.

A similar suit was filed in a NY federal court in January by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, a public-interest group.

They pledged to pursue no new foreign deals during Trump's presidency but have traveled the globe - from Dubai to the Dominican Republic - to work on projects conceived before their father took office. Saudi Arabia, the destination of Trump's first trip overseas, also booked rooms at the hotel through an intermediary on more than one occasion since Trump's inauguration.

Much of the case is focused on allegations that Trump's real estate and business holdings violate a little-known emoluments clause of the Constitution. According to the publication, the prosecutors were concerned about the operation of the Trump International Hotel which opened a year ago near the White House.

"We know that foreign governments are spending money there in order to curry favor with the president of the United States", D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, a Democrat, said.

At the center of the suit is the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., where Trump regularly welcomes foreign diplomats.

"This lawsuit is just another iteration of the case that was filed by CREW", he said.

"The president is bound by oath to faithfully execute his office and preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." the lawsuit says, and the president has to "disentangle his private finances" and to keep them aloof from domestic or foreign affairs to attain his oath and retrieve the peoples' trust.

Has President Trump been sued before this? However, that trust is managed in part by his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, who said they brief the president on his company's profits.

In response, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer attacked the lawsuit as motivated by "partisan politics" during his daily press briefing. The Founding Fathers drafted the Emoluments Clauses to prevent elected officials from being influenced by either foreign or domestic wealthy actors. The suit, filed in Maryland federal court, seeks an injunction to bar the president from further constitutional violations.

The Republican National Committee has called the new lawsuit "absurd", and they accused the attorney generals of being "partisan".

Once the federal judge permits the case to progress, the first step will be to obtain Trump's personal returns copies to determine the level of his overseas business transactions.

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