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Trump Issued Summons in Emoluments Case

by Countable | 3.23.18

What’s the story?

  • A summons has been sent to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in a lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump is violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

  • The attorneys general for Washington, D.C. and Maryland argue that Trump is violating the clause, which bans public officials from receiving gifts and cash from foreign governments without approval from Congress.

  • The Republican National Committee spent almost $271,000 at Trump properties in February, according to Federal Election Commission filings. That represents 86 percent of the RNC’s February expenses.

Why does it matter?

  • The lawsuit alleges representatives from foreign governments who stay at Trump hotels are, in essence, giving the president money, thereby violating the foreign emoluments clause which prohibits "any present, Emolument, Office or Title, of any kind whatever."

  • The attorneys general also argue that local businesses in Maryland and D.C. have lost revenue opportunities as foreign entities instead choose to spend money at Trump properties.

  • Trump and his legal team have three weeks to respond to the summons.

What do you think?

Are you concerned about President Trump potentially violating the emoluments clause? Is the president benefiting personally from his position? Use the Take Action button to tell your reps what you think, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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