Maryland, D.C. attorneys general continue to seek lawsuit against Trump

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 14, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced Nov. 8 that they have filed a new brief in the ongoing lawsuit against President Donald Trump for allegations of violating the Emoluments Clauses.

“It is clear that the payments and benefits President Trump continues to receive from governments violate core anti-corruption provisions of the Constitution,” Racine said.

According to the lawsuit, Trump is continuing to profit from the office of the presidency, in violation of the Emoluments Clauses. The Trump administration motioned to dismiss the lawsuit and the new brief explains the plaintiffs' reasons for a continuation of the case.

“The Emoluments Clauses were written to ensure that the president serves the people, not his own bottom line, and we will continue to fight to protect our residents and enforce the law” Frosh said.

“Maryland and the district have standing, and their allegations readily state a claim for relief. The president’s motion [to dismiss the suit] should be denied,” the attorneys general write in the brief.

Frosh and Racine seek an injunction to stop the president’s alleged constitutional violations.

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