Donald Trump sued over global business ties

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On Monday, the attorneys general for Maryland and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit in a Maryland federal court, saying that Trump's failure to sell off his interests in hotels, golf courses, office buildings and other properties is undermining public trust and violating the U.S. Constitution's Emoluments Clause.

The attorneys general of Maryland and Washington, D.C., plan to file a "major lawsuit" against President Donald Trump as early as Monday, they said Sunday night.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, will require the court to answer whether Trump has violated either the domestic or foreign emoluments clauses.

It says that despite shifting his business empire into a trust run by his sons, his ownership made the president "deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors", the Washington Post first reported.

Despite the fact that President Donald Trump assured them in January that he left the company's operations to the sons to avoid conflicts of interest, state prosecutors Karl A. Racine from DC and Brian E. Frosh from Maryland believe he has broken several of his promises to stay away from his old business.

"The most important point is to prevent the president from putting his interests over our interests, over your interests, over the interests of all Americans", Frosh said. The information is believed to measure the extent of his foreign business dealings.

It is at least the third filed by groups and businesses anxious that Trump might be profiting personally from his presidency. Furthermore, it prohibits the president from accepting gifts or emoluments from state governments.

The government also said payments to Trump's hotels do not qualify as a violation of the emoluments clause, which is meant to cover personal services performed by the president.

Democratic attorneys general have taken a lead role in challenging Trump policies, successfully blocking executive orders restricting travel from some Muslim-majority countries.

Norman Eisen, former chief White House ethics lawyer, said jurisdictions such as these are among the "most flawless plaintiffs" to impeach Trump over the finances spent lately because both attorneys share the same view, insisting on law enforcement. Spicer suggested the lawsuit was motivated by politics.

"The actions of the attorneys general represent the kind of partisan grandstanding voters across the country have come to despise", RNC spokeswoman Lindsay Jancek said. "No one, not even the president can be allowed to endanger our democracy and erode our faith in our institutions", Racine said. "The lawyers driving the suit are advocacy group with partisan ties", Trump's spokesman argued. He replied that Trump's business interests "do not violate the Emoluments Clause", for reasons spelled out by the Justice Department's filing on Friday.

The Republican National Committee called the lawsuit "absurd".

Attorneys General Racine and Frosh expressed their thanks to their staffs and to several partners who provided assistance in assembling the lawsuit. It also notes Trump's long-term lease from the federal government of that hotel, in a historic post office.