Report: Possible Lawsuit Against Trump Coming Soon

According to The Washington Post, which first reported the lawsuit, the lawsuit focuses on Trump’s decision to keep his ownership of the company when he became president. In January, Trump said that he was moving business assets into a trust to be managed by his sons in order to eliminate possible conflicts.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in Trump Tower, Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 11, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said Trump has failed to keep his promises involving his businesses, including having his son Eric Trump update his father about the company’s finances.

“This case is, at its core, about the right of Marylanders, residents of the District of Columbia and all Americans to have honest government,” Frosh said. “The emoluments clauses command that the president put the country first and not his own personal interest first.”

The attorneys said that if the lawsuit is able to proceed it could force Trump to hand over his personal tax returns in an effort to get a grasp around his foreign business dealings.

The lawsuit, which will be filed in the U.S. District Court of Maryland, will be the second of its kind related to emoluments. An ethics non-profit, restaurant group, and hotel events booker alleged Trump violated the emoluments clause.

On Friday, the Justice Department argued that the plaintiffs in that lawsuit lack the legal standing to sue because they cannot allege enough harm caused by Trump’s businesses. Justice Department lawyers also said that Trump hotel revenue is not an improper payment under the Constitution.

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