Emoluments Suit vs. Trump Personal Too 02/24 10:40
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorneys general of Maryland and the District of
Columbia have expanded their lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of
accepting gifts from foreign and state governments, suing him not only as
president but in his personal capacity as a businessman.
Legal experts say Friday's move takes the "emoluments" clause of the
Constitution into uncharted legal waters, since it has been interpreted as only
applying to presidents in their official capacity.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Maryland, is one of several
challenging Trump's ties to his business ventures and his refusal to divest
from them. The suits allege that foreign governments' use of Trump's hotels and
other properties violates the Constitution's emoluments clause, which bans the
president's acceptance of foreign gifts and money without Congress' permission.