The country is so sick of Donald Trump that it’s literally suing the president. CNN reports that the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia are suing Trump because they believe he violated the Constitution by accepting foreign money through his business empire. A news conference held by the attorneys general of Maryland and D.C. has been scheduled for Monday.
A source close to matters says that the suit, which was filed in Maryland on Monday, alleges that Trump violated the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House. The suit shines a light on Trump’s network of hotels, golf courses, and commercial properties.
When Trump took office, he promised to isolate himself from his multiple businesses. However, he still retains ownership by placing his assets into a trust that allows him to still benefit from his businesses, even if he doesn’t reap the benefits until after he’s out of office. This could be seen as a conflict of interest. For example, Maryland and D.C. convention centers and other properties have been negatively impacted when trying to compete with Trump hotels.
The suit asks the court for an injunction blocking Trump from accepting foreign money. D.C. and Maryland have become the first government entities to sue President Trump for emoluments.