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Attorneys General sue Trump over hotel payments

The state of Maryland and the Distrıct of Columbia have sued U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, alleging he has violated the constitution’s anti-corruption clauses, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.The attorney generals of Maryland and the District of Columbia have announced they have filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump, alleging he violated the U.S. constitution by retaining ties to a sprawling global business empire.Specifically the lawsuit alleges President trump is in violation the emolument clauses which strictly forbids the president from taking compensation from foreign governments.Mr Trump broke from the tradition of incoming United States presidents placing their business assets into a blind trust in order to avoid conflicts of interest, or even the semblance of a conflict of interest.While other presidents have released them, Trump has refused, and the attorney generals said that they want to see them in order to gauge the extent of his business dealings. His son Eric has said the president will continue to get updates on profits.The president has called references to his alleged violation to the Emoluments Clause “without merit, totally without merit”.The lawsuit was filed today in Maryland federal court, The New York Times said. No state has accused a president of violating the emoluments clause.White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday rejected the claim that Trump’s business interests violated the Constitution and said “partisan politics” were behind the lawsuit.The Attorneys General filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.Trump already faces a similar lawsuit brought in January by plaintiffs including an ethics nonprofit group. “Trump is the framers’ worst-case scenario; a president who would seize office and attempt to exploit his position for personal financial gain with every governmental entity imaginable, across the United States or around the world”.The provision bars the president and other government employees from accepting foreign gifts and payments without congressional approval.Deepak Gupta, a lawyer for one of the plaintiffs, told The Associated Press on Friday that his clients have standing because they compete with Trump’s hotels and restaurants for business from foreign governments.What do you think of the attorney generals’ lawsuit? The Constitution typically explicitly names the president and vice president when parts of the Constitution refer to them, with clauses generally referring to government officials not always applying. But then, last March, the Trump Organization said that wouldn’t begin until 2018 because to do so any earlier than that would be “impractical”.White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday disputed that Trump’s interests in his businesses violated the emoluments clause, pointing to the arguments raised by the Justice Department in its motion to dismiss the case in NY.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 global and domestic business dealings in which [his] personal fortune is at stake”.