Trump to be sued for alleged corruption

trumdUS PRESIDENT Donald Trump faces a fresh legal battle with lawmakers from two states threatening to sue him over allegations he violated anti-corruption clauses of the Constitution.

The Post reports attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland are alleging President Trump has accepted millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House.

The lawsuit centres on the fact that President Trump retained ownership of his company when he became President — an issue he has faced criticism over before.

In January, he said he was shifting business assets into a trust managed by his sons to eliminate a potential conflict of interests.

At the time, President Trump told a news conference he had formally given “complete and total” control to his sons while his lawyer, Sheri Dillon, said he had “isolated” himself from his businesses.

A signed copy of the lawsuit allegedly provided to The Post reportedly alleges “unprecedented constitutional violations” by the President.

The suit says his continued ownership of a global business empire has rendered the President “deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors” and has undermined the integrity of the U.S. political system.

If a federal judge allows the potentially explosive case to proceed, it could compel President Trump to release copies of his personal tax returns to assess the extent of his foreign business dealings.

The constitutional question D.C. and Maryland will put before a federal judge is whether Trump’s business ownership amount to violations of parts of the Constitution known as the foreign and domestic emoluments clauses.

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