(INTELLIHUB) — In a partisan move, two democratic Attorney Generals filed a lawsuit against President Donald J. Trump in a Federal Court Monday which alleges that the President is “flagrantly violating the Constitution” with his business entanglements.
Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh spoke at a press conference Monday where they provided the details of their suit.
“Never in the history of this country have we had a president with these kinds of extensive business entanglements or a president who refused to adequately distance themselves for their holdings,” the D.C. Attorney General stated.
Racine claims that the Constitution explicitly bars the President from receiving “gifts or inducements” from foreign or domestic entities.
“President Trump’s businesses and his dealings violate the Constitution’s anti-corruption provisions known as the Emoluments Clauses,” Racine said. “The framers included these two anti-corruption provisions to prevent foreign and domestic entities from seeking to influence the President by bestowing money or other things of value on to him.”
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh also took the mic to say: “This case is about the right of hundreds of millions of Americans to honest government. Elected leaders who serve the people and not their own financial interests are the indispensable foundation of our democracy. And the President, above all other elected officials, must have only the best interests of Americans at the heart of every decision […] and is not acting out of concern for his own business.”
“Never in our history has a President maintained an domestic and international business empire where his personal interests are tangled up with the policy interests of our country,” Frosh said. “The President’s conflicts of interests threaten or democracy [and] he continues to take monies from foreign governments.”
Additionally, Frosh said that they will be seeking the President’s financial and tax records.