On trump sued for violation of the Constitution

The Trump Organization has said it will donate profits from customers representing foreign governments to the US Treasury but will not require the customers to identify themselves

Foreign and domestic government payments to Trump's businesses were the target of a similar lawsuit brought in January by plaintiffs including an ethics nonprofit group, and Democratic lawmakers have blasted them as potential corrupting influences on Trump.

The attorney generals of Maryland and the District of Columbia have served Trump with a new lawsuit accusing the president of violating the U.S. Constitution. It's the first lawsuit of its kind against a president which involves the Constitution's Emoluments Clause.

A report from The Washington Post last month shed light on documents sent through the Trump Organization revealing that the company had made an unsubstantial effort to identify guests from foreign governments.

CREW is outside counsel on the new lawsuit filed by the attorneys general.

"We have a duty to enforce the law and that's why we are taking action today", Racine added. The Post cited that the president's son, Eric Trump, said his father would get regular updates about his company's financial health. He refused to release them even though all previous presidents had done so during their run for the presidency since about the 1960s.

Frosh said Trump regularly welcomes foreign diplomats to his hotel and appears frequently at Trump establishments, "using his role as president to raise their public profile".

The attorneys general said that the President violated the Constitution by failing to sever ties to his business empire and accepting foreign payments while in office.

A federal judge will decide if the case proceeds, and the two attorneys say they will demand copies of Trump's tax returns if it does.

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Monday's complaint said that businesses owned by Trump diverted money from other businesses in Maryland and D.C. and that Trump's position unfairly helps his businesses such as the Trump International Hotel.

Trump has come under scrutiny for his alleged business dealings with American adversaries such as Russian Federation and China.

The lawsuit argues that Trump's continued relationship with his businesses may indicate that he is making decisions with "self-interested motivations grounded in the worldwide and domestic business dealings in which [his] personal fortune is at stake".

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus Executive Committee in the Cabinet Room at the White House March 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The suit alleges that Trump has violated the Emoluments Clause in the Constitution which states that "no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State".

Since then, a restaurant group and two individuals in the hotel industry joined as plaintiffs.

"The emoluments clauses are a firewall against corruption", said Frosh.

Racine and Frosh believe the tax returns will be the first step in establishing the extent of Trump's involvement in foreign business dealings, but the pair said the fight will likely end up in the Supreme Court.

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