Attorneys general for D.C. and Maryland filed a lawsuit against U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, claiming he has trampled on anti-corruption constitutional clauses.
This lawsuit, which was submitted by D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, D, and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, D, was the first to centralize the fact that Trump still owns his private business. Trump was supposed to shift business assets into his sons’ trust to eliminate the prospects of his son having conflicts of interests.
Unprecedented constitutional violations
It claims “unprecedented constitutional violations” by Trump, which put political stability in danger. The suit says Trump’s global business has made the president “deeply involved with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors” and sabotaged the integrity of U.S. politics.
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, D, and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, D said Trump has reneged numerous pledges to keep his private interests aloof from his job.
“The president is bound by oath to faithfully execute his office and preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” the lawsuit says, and the president has to “disentangle his private finances” and to keep them aloof from domestic or foreign affairs to attain his oath and retrieve the peoples’ trust.
“Never before has a President acted with such disregard for this constitutional prescription.” it says.
Potential personal financial gain
Norman Eisen, former chief White House ethics lawyer, said jurisdictions such as these are among the “most perfect plaintiffs” to impeach Trump over the finances spent lately because both attorneys share the same view, insisting on law enforcement.
“In the emoluments clauses, we have these ancient air bags that were placed in the Constitution by the framers that are now being deployed.” said Eisen, who has been working with the District and Maryland on their suit.
“Trump is the framers’ worst-case scenario; a president who would seize office and attempt to exploit his position for personal financial gain with every governmental entity imaginable, across the United States or around the world.”