Monday, June 12, 2017

Adding to the Pile of Lawsuits Against Trump

I can't remember just how many lawsuits were involving Trump when he took office - I seem to recall reading something on the order of 20+, but I could be misremembering. At any rate, here's a couple more.
Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland say they will sue President Trump on Monday, alleging that he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House.

Didn't Trump's DOJ just claim that's not illegal for the president?
The Department of Justice (DOJ) claims President Trump can accept goods and services from foreign governments without congressional approval, despite the constitutional prohibition against U.S. officials' acceptance of foreign payments or gifts without congressional approval.


The DOJ argued in a Friday filing that the constitutional provision, known as the emoluments clause, doesn't apply to fair-market transactions, like hotel bills or office rent.

Perhaps we're about to find out.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.


FURTHER UPDATE:  A mindblowing bit of that report:
It says the U.S. General Services Administration, which handles federal real estate, wrongly allowed Trump’s company to continue to lease the Old Post Office building, where Trump built his D.C. hotel, even though a clause in the contract said no elected official could remain on the lease.

The GSA initially said Trump would have to fully divest from the hotel after the election. But after Trump proposed increasing GSA’s budget, the suit says, the agency issued a letter saying Trump was in full compliance.

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