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2017-06-14 10:27:04

 

Nearly 200 Democrats plan emoluments suit against Trump, claim Constitution gives them standing



The suit will be filed by 196 Democrats, the Washington Post reports. The lead Senate plaintiff, Sen. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said the number of plaintiffs is higher than in any other suit filed against a president.

The emoluments clause states that, absent congressional consent, no one holding any office of profit or trust shall “accept of any present, emolument, office or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince or foreign state.”

Democrats argue they have standing because congressional consent is required before the president can accept gifts and benefits from foreign leaders.

Two other lawsuits have also claimed that Trump is violating the emoluments clause because his companies accept payments from foreign governments when they pay for hotel rooms and conduct business with the Trump organization. One suit was filed by the attorneys general for Maryland and Washington, D.C., and the other was initially filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. Two additional plaintiffs have joined the suit.

The state attorneys general argue the Trump’s D.C. hotel is taking business away from a convention center in the district that is owned by taxpayers, and a taxpayer-subsidized convention center in Maryland.