President Donald Trump’s sketchy business deals are catching up with him – he’s now facing a massive legal crisis because of his lies.
Nearly 200 members of the U.S. Congress officially filed a lawsuit this week that accuses Trump of violating the Constitution with through financial conflicts of interest. Authorities say Trump is breaking the law by refusing to cut ties with his business empire while he’s in office.
“The president’s failure to tell us about these emoluments, to disclose the payments and benefits that he is receiving, mean that we cannot do our job. We cannot consent to what we don’t know,”one top Democrat reportedly said during a conference call with reporters this week.
More than 190 Democratic lawmakers sued President Donald Trump in federal court on Wednesday, saying he had accepted funds from foreign governments through his businesses without congressional consent in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
The complaint said Trump had not sought congressional approval for any of the payments his hundreds of businesses had received from foreign governments since he took office in January, even though the Constitution requires him to do so.
The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment but has said Trump’s business interests do not violate the Constitution. The Trump Organization has said it will donate profits from customers representing foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury but will not require such customers to identify themselves.
Trump has a long history of legal problems, both in the business world and now in the political world.
Trump is accused of committing inappropriate business practices in at least 25 countries and he’s faced multiple lawsuits over the controversies.
Read more, from Huffington Post:
Representative John Conyers, another plaintiff, added: “President Trump has conflicts of interest in at least 25 countries, and it appears he’s using his presidency to maximize his profits.”
… Similar lawsuits have been filed in recent months by parties including a nonprofit ethics group, a restaurant trade group, and the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
They allege that Trump’s acceptance of payments from foreign and U.S. governments through his hospitality empire puts other hotel and restaurant owners at an unfair disadvantage and provides governments an incentive to give Trump-owned businesses special treatment.
Read more, from Liberal Speak’s previous coverage:
President Donald Trump has been swept up in yet another pay-to-play scandal involving foreign operatives.
According to the latest reports, Trump’s business empire took in hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Saudi Arabian government while Saudi officials were in the U.S. lobbying against proposed legislation. Payments from the Saudi government to the Trump organization took place last year, but were not previously disclosed.
Saudi authorities reportedly spent more than a quarter-million dollars at Trump’s Washington D.C. hotel, including more than $1,000 for parking. The undisclosed payments raise serious questions about Trump’s risk for conflicts of interest.