President Trump has been digging his political grave ever since he announced his candidacy, and now almost 200 lawmakers have the chance to bury him in it.
Roughly 200 democratic lawmakers filed lawsuits again the President for remaining to involved with global businesses, claiming he violated ‘the emoluments clause of the Constitution’.
The Washington Post just broke the story, reporting that 196 lawmakers had joined the complaint, more than any congressional plaintiffs ever signed on to previous legal action taken against a president.
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal led the filing in federal district court and said that while no Republicans had joined the lawsuit, they were welcome to do so.
Rep. John Conyers Jr. led the legal effort in the House.
The Post obtained an advanced copy of the complaint, which argues that the “foreign emoluments clause” in the Constitution requires the president to get the “consent of Congress” before accepting gifts.
From The Post:
“The Framers of our Constitution gave members of Congress the responsibility to protect our democracy from foreign corruption by determining which benefits the president can and cannot receive from a foreign state,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, the incoming dean of the law school at the University of California at Berkeley.
“When the president refuses to reveal which benefits he is receiving — much less obtain congressional consent before accepting them — he robs these members of their ability to perform their constitutional role,” Chemerinsky said. “Congressional lawmakers . . . have a duty to preserve the constitutional order in the only way they can: by asking the courts to make the President obey the law.”
The 37-page filing comes a day after the attorneys general of Maryland and Washington, D.C., said they will seek Trump’s tax returns in a lawsuit over foreign payments to his D.C.-based hotel.
It’s time to nail Trump for conflict of interests. To think for a second Donald Trump isn’t using his presidential powers to benefit his businesses behind the scenes would be foolish.