Two U.S. attorneys general are literally suing Donald Trump over accepting millions in payments from foreign governments, which is the first challenge of its kind against the president.
The attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland announced the lawsuit to the Washington Post on Sunday night, claiming that he has violated anti-corruption clauses by retaining ownership of his company when he became prez.
There’s quite a bit on Trump’s plate right now, considering that he’s also battling an investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion between his presidential campaign and the Russian government. You could say he’s got a fair bit on his plate right now.
DC Attorney-General Karl Racine and Maryland Attorney-General Brian Frosh say that Trump hasn’t kept his political and business life entirely seperate, and has broken numerous promises in this regard.
The ‘foreign governments’ bit basically relies on this alleged lack of division between Trump’s private and public interests, suggesting that events staged by foreign governments – such as the Embassy of Kuwait – at Trump’s hotels constitute a clash of interests.
“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 pair say they’ve moved onto a lawsuit as the Republicans in Congress haven’t taken other avenues seriously. This’ll be interesting.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald.