by Countable | 6.14.17
Nearly two hundred Democratic lawmakers have filed suit Wednesday morning in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against President Donald Trump. The lawsuit will have the largest number of congressional plaintiffs of any lawsuit against the president in U.S. history.
The suit alleges that the president is in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. It asks that the court declare the president subject to the Emoluments Clause and order him to stop accepting payments from foreign entities.
The president’s business has been placed in a trust, run by the president’s sons. The Trump Organization has pledged to donate foreign government profits from its hotel business to the U.S. Treasury, but it also has a company policy of not verifying whether individual guests are representatives of foreign governments or businesses because it would disrupt the customer experience.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), one of the plaintiffs, stated:
"the litigation was necessary to force Trump to disclose the extent to which his companies are conducting business with foreign government entities, and allow Congress to execute its constitutional obligation to grant or deny permission under the Emoluments Clause."
The plaintiffs maintain that they have the strongest legal standing of any of the groups with similar cases currently before the courts because of their Constitutional duty to consider emoluments.
"We have standing because we are injured because we have a duty to vote," Blumenthal said. “And the President or someone else is denying that duty and that right."
Should the president be forced to disclose the extent of the Trump Organization’s business dealings with foreign governments and businesses? Use the Take Action button to tell your reps what you think!
— Asha Sanaker
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Yes, thank goodness someone is finally attempting to make Trump obey the law. If you aren't one of those lawmakers who are suing him, why not? If you aren't one of those suing him, do not expect me to to vote for you again. We do not want a lawmaker at any level who does not obey the law. Be an American and obey our Constitution and our laws or get out of Washington. We don't need you there. You do not represent us.
The Trump family's businesses have been profiting from members of our government and foreign governments since before the election. This is unacceptable and must stop.
This should not be a partisan process. A Us president has chosen to behave as if he is above the law while he continues to enrich himself. Do your jobs as our elected representatives and force him to follow the law and the constitution he seems to have so little regard for. You either follow the foundation principles of America or you are guilty as enablers. We are watching.
You must, as your sworn duty demands, pursue all conflicts of interests with this obstructionist in chief particularly with regards to the Constitutions emoulments clause. We are producing a Plutocracy in the White House enriching one family at the expense of our nation.
Good on them. With the corruption of the Republican Party by their singular desire for power and wealth, we are dependent on patriots to put R's to the fire and to keep them there.
People we have a much larger issue. The GOP doesn't care, we all know that. Our problem is the hacking that took place that most definitely caused tRump to win and many other Republicants to win. We have a party in charge that doesn't care Russians hacked the election, plus their continued refusal to fix something that benefits them. All upcoming elections are going to be compromised in the same manner as the 2016 election. We must and I am going to repeat must get off our asses and push for better voting laws and equipment before 2018 or we're doomed to see a repeat. I'd be willing to bet the last couple recent elections have been compromised too. Voter suppression, hacked voters registration systems, hacked ballot counters, hacked electronic voting machines, gerrymandering, along with antiquated voter registration rules. Please think about it, nothing else matters at this point, unless you have faith the GOP will protect your voting rights or want your vote counted.
THANK YOU to my New Mexico Senators who are a party to this suit. The POTUS is clearly violating the Constitution, and he is not above the law!
Yes! Congress needs to step forward and use the controls to restrain him
Thank You! Finally an action by my Representatives that this unscrupulous man won't be able to ignore or lie his way out of. Speaking of lying, there is a legal argument for blatantly deceiving the American public as a public servant. It should be right up there in ethics and conduct...
Thank you Democrats! Please keep up pressure to find the truth, shady dealings in business is just the "S" in shady with this unscrupulous administration! Let's see those tax returns while your at it...
This suit is appropriate given the lack of ethics in the White House. It should be interesting, if this reached the Supreme Court, how they will rule. Will they back trump or adhere to the constitution regarding the emoluments clause? And what will be the result? Trump should divest from his business period!
No concessions to the government should be tolerated. I support the capability of our elected leader to operate with autonomy from his legacy in the private domain.
Trump isn't accepting payments Trump's accepting bribes and must be stopped.
Is there even a question?
The fact that we still don't know how much foreign governments are influencing the president through his businesses is unacceptable. We are the people and we have a right to know who is influencing our president.
It's nice to see that now Obama is gone, all of a sudden, democrats care about the constitution.
Do not ever mix business with pleasure..or in this case business with government. It looks really shady to be taking money from foreign visitors of your hotel and using it for your campaign. Just don't do it. Bribery and scandalous activity waiting to happen.
I am wholly in favor of this action. Someone needs to hold the criminal Trump accountable.
When are Republicans going to stand up to the lunacy that is taking place in Washington D.C. I hope that everyone has a GOOD memory come 2018.