Democrats have filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump, citing unconstitutional business practices.
So far, 196 members of of Congress — 30 from the House and 166 from the House — have joined in on a lawsuit that alleges the POTUS has accepted foreign gifts and payments since taking office in January.
The practices breach the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which bans government officials from accepting foreign gifts or payments without consent from Congress. The suit will be filed today with the U.S. District Court.
“Through this measure, the nation’s founders invested members of Congress with an important role in preventing the corruption and foreign influence that the founders sought to avoid,” the the suit reads.
“President Donald J. Trump has a financial interest in vast business holdings around the world that engage in dealings with foreign governments and receive benefits from those governments.”
Republicans will be invited to join the lawsuit next if they wish to do so. The suit adds that Congress first give Trump consents before accepting foreign gifts and payments.
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