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Attorneys general hope to force Trump financial disclosures

Attorneys general hope to force Trump financial disclosures

The state of Maryland and the federal District of Columbia sued US President Donald Trump on Monday, arguing that he has violated the constitution by accepting payments from foreign governments without congressional approval. "Never before has a president acted with such disregard for this constitutional prescription".

These two Democratic attorney generals are like leaders who take the first step against Trump's policies, successfully blocking executive orders constraining travel from some Muslim-majority countries.

Trump's continued ownership of a global business empire has rendered the president "deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors" and has undermined the integrity of the USA political system, the lawsuit claimed.

This lawsuit also concerns the fact that Trump wanted to keep his company ownership when he was elected as the new president of the United States.

"And we think that our case will also further develop the record and the law for the court, which obviously will ultimately be the final arbiter, a necessary cog in the check-and-balance wheel", Racine said.

"Although he formed a trust to hold his business assets, he may obtain distributions from his trust at any time", it said.

The hotel is notorious to hosting foreign diplomats from various state nations including the Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey Geargia and others.

The suit detailed the popularity of the opulent Trump International Hotel with foreign officials since his January 20 inauguration, alleging the hotel "has specifically marketed itself to the diplomatic community".

The government has also said Trump hotel revenue does not fit the definition of an improper payment under the Constitution. Earlier this year, a lawsuit was filed by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington against Trump.

The US Justice Department, however, argues the Emoluments Clause does not prevent the business enterprises of a president or a federal employee from receiving payments from foreign governments.

The lawsuit followed an earlier similar complaint by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, filed on January 23 in NY federal district court.

However, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) and DC Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) believe the president broke several promises to separate his duties to the public and private business interests. The lawsuit cites Trump's leases, properties and other business "entanglements" around the world as the reason for the suit, saying those posed a conflict of interest under a clause of the Constitution.

"It's not hard to conclude that partisan politics may be one of the motivations", he said.

This suit could "open a new front for Trump", which had already faced the investigation of the special prosecutor Robert Mueller about Trump's ties with the Russian government during the presidential campaign of 2016, which was denied both in the White House and in the Kremlin.

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