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President Trump Sued For Profiting From Foreign Business Deals

President Trump’s financial entanglements with foreign governments put him in violation of the U.S. Constitution, a government ethics organization claimed in a lawsuit it filed Monday.

According to ABC News, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington called the situation a “grave threat” to the United States because of possible conflicts of interest for the new president. The plaintiffs pointed to the Constitution’s emolument clause, which forbids presidents from profiting from business deals with foreign governments.

“As the framers were aware, private financial interests can subtly sway even the most virtuous leaders,” the court document states. It cautions that “entanglements between American officials and foreign powers could pose a creeping, insidious threat to the republic.”

Trump could be breaking the law by earning income from international diplomats who stay at his hotels and foreign governments that lease space in the office buildings he owns, according to the lawsuit. However, ABC News noted that legal authorities hold differing views about the clause’s meaning and intent. Some experts told the television network that the lawsuit will not succeed.

Trump dismissed the suit as being “without merit; totally without merit.” A White House spokesman proclaimed: “The president has no conflicts.”

ABC News reported that the attorneys who will plead the case for the watchdog group are a pair of former White House ethics lawyers: Norman Eisen, a member of the Obama administration; and Richard Painter, who advised President George W. Bush.

Source: ABC News
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