President Donald Trump has faced countless business lawsuits over this career, but this one may be the biggest of all – Trump is now being sued by Democratic lawmakers for his business dealings.
A group of more than 100 leaders in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have signed on to a lawsuit alleging that Trump’s business holdings are a direct violation of the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit is expected to be officially filed next week and already has plenty of support in Washington D.C.
Trump has refused to divest from his business empire while he’s in office, which is an unprecedented move in American political history. Trump has put himself at risk for countless conflicts of interest and could be committing an impeachable offense.
Dozens of House and Senate Democrats plan to sue President Donald Trump in the coming weeks, claiming he is breaking the law by refusing to relinquish ownership of his sprawling real-estate empire while it continues to profit from business with foreign governments.
The lawsuit follows months of threats from Democratic lawmakers that Trump, by refusing to sell off his companies or place them in a blind trust, is in ongoing violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause — which prohibits the president from accepting gifts or payments from foreign governments — and might face consequences.
“We’ll be suing to stop his violations of the emoluments clause,” senior House Judiciary member Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) confirmed in an interview. The lawsuit won’t be filed until next week at the earliest but dozens of Democrats on both sides of the Capitol have already signed on in support, Nadler said.
The legal case is just the latest volley in an ongoing war between the White House and lawmakers — mostly Democrats — over potential conflicts of interests related to the Trump corporation’s overseas business deals and foreign governments looking to curry favor with the administration.
Nadler said by his latest count a couple of weeks ago, 78 House Democrats and 25 Democratic senators had signed on in support of the lawsuit. The nonprofit Constitutional Accountability Center is leading the case, Nadler said.
It seems very likely that the Trump family is inappropriately taking advantage of their political power in order to funnel business and funds into their businesses. Trump could be leveraging his position to get more customers from foreign governments, for example.
Just this week, Trump was exposed for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments from the Saudi government during the campaign.
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.