Trump sued for foreign business profits by Democrats in Congress

Trump sued for foreign business profits by Democrats in Congress

WASHINGTON — A group of nearly 200 Democratic lawmakers filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday demanding gains that President Trump’s global businesses have taken in from overseas entities. Trump has resigned from conducting his 3 billion empire but retained his possession interestsdecided that the lawmakers say in the most recent lawsuit violates a clause in the Constitution that forbids the president against receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments without Congress’ approval. “Despite the constitutional mandate, Defendant has chosen to accept a lot of advantages from foreign states without first seeking or obtaining legal acceptance,” according to the suit. At a similar suit filed in January by a Washington government-watchdog group, attorneys for the Justice Department said history indicates the emoluments clause doesn’t apply to fair-market transactions, including hotel bills, golf club prices and office rents, such as those in which Trump is participated. The government’s response to this suit cited business action with overseas countries by presidents going back to George Washington.

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