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Donald Trump Is Being Sued Over Emoluments Clause

January 23, 2017

This was predicted by almost every legal mind in America.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is bringing a federal lawsuit this morning that says President Donald Trump is violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution by receiving payments from foreign governments via his hotel and other business interests. It was filed this morning in the Southern District of New York. Expect to hear more about this little-known clause in the Constitution in the coming weeks and months.  It is not a small matter at all.  It does cut to the core of what so many of us were warning against over the past months.

The lawsuit accuses Trump of violating a ‘foreign emoluments’ clause of the U.S. Constitution.   The violations relate to foreign governments’ leases at Trump Tower, hotel stays and other transactions involving various Trump properties.  It also relates to payments from foreign government-owned broadcasters for rebroadcasts and foreign versions of the American game show ‘The Apprentice,’ which Trump previously hosted.  The lawsuit requests a court order forbidding the president from accepting payments from foreign governments that violate the constitution.

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