Ethics lawyers to sue Trump over foreign payments to businesses

23 Jan 2017 | Written by Abheet Sethi; Edited by Mansi Motwani

A group of ethics lawyers are planning to sue President Donald Trump for allegedly violating the US Constitution by allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments.

The lawsuit alleges that the violations occurred because the president hasn't divested his interests in the Trump organization.

The suit is expected to be the first of several by advocacy groups against Trump.

In context: Ethics lawyers to sue Trump over business interests

12 Jan 2017Trump hands over control of business empire to sons

Trump said he has formally given his sons Donald Jr and Eric "complete and total" control over his business empire to prevent conflicts of interest.

Trump's lawyer confirmed that he had "isolated" himself from his businesses. However, the Office of Government Ethics said Trump's plans don't "meet the standards" of previous presidents.

It said Trump must "divest his conflicting assets" to resolve potential conflicts.

23 Jan 2017Ethics lawyers to sue Trump over foreign payments to businesses

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What the Constitution states

The Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution states: "no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust ... shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State."
What the lawsuit lists as violations

ExplainedWhat the lawsuit lists as violations

The lawsuit lists leases held by foreign-government-owned entities in New York City's Trump Tower, bookings made at the Washington, DC's Trump International Hotel.

Payments received in relation to "The Apprentice" and various other establishments owned or licensed by Trump from foreign-government-owned broadcasters.

The nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is seeking a court order forbidding Trump from accepting such payments.

Trump ResponseSon Eric Trump calls lawsuit "harassment"

The White House responded to the news saying, "the president has no conflicts."

Trump's son Eric Trump, who is also the executive vice president of the Trump Organization, said the company has taken more than required lawful steps to provide any legal exposure.

He said the lawsuit is "is purely harassment for political gain."

Eric Trump : Profits from foreign governments will be donated

Eric Trump said the Trump Organization has agreed to donate any profits coming from foreign government guests at the Trump-owned hotels to the US Treasury to ensure the Constitution is not violated.
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