Maryland and DC plan to sue Trump over foreign payments

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Maryland attorney general Brian Frosh said the case is about Trump's failure to separate his personal interests from his presidential duties.

According to a pamphlet that described the organization's policy, it is foreign governments and not Trump's businesses that are required to self-report their business dealings. "The emoluments clauses command that the president put the country first and not his own personal interest first".

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The Maryland General Assembly approved a resolution allowing frosh to sue the federal government without permission from Governor Hogan last March. Trump said in January that he was shifting his business assets into a trust managed by his sons to eliminate potential conflicts of interests.

President Trump will be sued by Maryland and D.C.'s attorney generals for alleged violations of the Constitution's emoluments clause.

. The entrance to the Trump International Hotel in D.C. was splashed with guerilla art in May, suggesting that foreign guest could drop off bribes inside. The case would likely end up before the Supreme Court and the president's lawyers could explain why his returns should not be made public, Frosh and Racine told the Post.

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The Post cited examples of foreign government showing preference for that hotel over others, at what neighbouring Maryland and Washington say is their expense.

An NGO that centres on ethics issues filed a similar suit in January. The government also said Trump hotel revenue does not fit the definition of an improper payment under the constitution. In April, the ambassador of Georgia stayed at the hotel and tweeted his compliments.

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The suit will allege that Trump has taken favors from the USA government.

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