Maryland, D.C. Attorney Generals To File Lawsuit Against Trump

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The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia plan to file a lawsuit on Monday the WaPo reported late on Sunday, alleging that foreign payments to President Donald Trump's businesses violate the U.S. constitution. The lawsuit is to be announced at noon on Monday.

While Trump already faces a similar lawsuit that was filed in January by plaintiffs including a ethics non-profit group, the case from two Democratic AGs could stand a better chance in court as the first government action over allegations that Trump, violated the constitution's so-called emoluments clause, Reuters adds.

In recent months, Democrat AGs have taken a lead role in the "resistance" against the president, litigating against Trump's policies and successfully blocking Trump's executive order restricting travel from some Muslim-majority countries. They are also resisting efforts to roll back environmental regulations and insurance subsidies under Obamacare.

In a previous lawsuit filed in January in Manhattan federal court, an ethics non-profit, restaurant group and hotel events booker allege Trump violates the Constitution's "emoluments" clause, which bars him from accepting gifts from foreign governments without congressional approval, by maintaining ownership over his business empire despite ceding day-to-day control to his sons. According to Reuters, the DOJ on Friday argued that those plaintiffs lack the legal standing to sue because they cannot allege enough specific harm caused by Trump's businesses. The government also said Trump hotel revenue does not fit the definition of an improper payment under the constitution.

AG Racine told Reuters in a March interview that the District of Columbia has suffered particular harm because it subsidized the construction of hotels that are now impacted by foreign payments to Trump properties. That puts the district in a "unique position" to file legal claims over the emoluments clause, Racine said.

Trump has yet to tweet his response to the latest news.

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bobbbny's picture

The Deep State is relentless.

Hang in there Donnie, we're behind you.

Fuck these sociopathic scumbags. 

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Attorneys General is correct, not attorney generals.

Shocker's picture

Yeah, hang in there. We are going to get this country back on the right path

Jobs coming back:



froze25's picture

If only these Attorneys applied the same standard to the Clinton Foundation regarding foreign donations for political favors, the Clintons would be in prison. Instead if a foreign national stays at a Trump Hotel they wish to go after President Trump. It's disgusting.

open calender's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

virgule's picture

At which point does the above spammer get whacked out of ZH?

drendebe10's picture

Progressive liberal democraps are the meanest nastiest hypocrite disrespectful intolerant divisive turds on the face of the earth Fukemall

TeaClipper's picture

Shouldnt you be looking for your balls so you can find the courage to print that Soros article that you had to pull so quick. Until you do that your nothing but a blowhard fake.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


You are still using the same horseshit lie to try to discredit me?  Never have I written a Soros story.  I demand a more creative troll!

Handful of Dust's picture

Just noise from the frustrated losers on the left. Maryland is one of the biggest welfare states in the USA and very corrupt....packed with FSA people.

anarchitect's picture

A stupid interpretation of the Constitution, as it would imply that no one with international business interests could be President, even if stepping away from any management of those businesses.  Just a way to keep politics in the hands of fucking lawyers.

Whoa Dammit's picture

I'm not sure the Libs really want to go down the improper payments road. Who's to say exactly where donations to candidates and their PACS that were given by multi-national corporate "persons" were derived from? Did that money form Apple come from China? Did that money from Goldman come from London, or Mocsow, or....?

tmosley's picture

Honestly starting to wonder if I should take some helicopter lessons.

Tarzan's picture

Progressives have cornered stupid. Where was this dumb ass when Hillary was raking in the cash from the towel heads? Did George Bush make money on his oil holdings from the Saudi's?

I know subtlety flies over the head of these pukes, but Do they not see the difference between earning money from your own business that happens to be on foreign soil, and Russians handing you money so you're uranium deal will pass?

OK, more stupid questions, what law says a president can't EARN money on foreign soil? Are we a nation of laws, or a nation of traditions ?

Chupacabra-322's picture


You mean the Criminal Fraud Agents from The City of London perpetuating the Criminal Fraud on The American People.

You mean those Esquire Scum Fucks?

detached.amusement's picture

I just had to laugh and rhetorically wonder just which "constitution" it was they were referring to.



"you should just sleep late, man...its much easier on your constitution"

FoggyWorld's picture

And government "civil servants."

Antivenom's picture

Maryland's western shore is full of federal employees who are quaking in their birkis over downsizing of the federal government. These employees live in over valued homes that can't be sold without losses. Marylands western shore doesn't have enough private jobs to absorb the laid off federal workers.

Maryland's real estate market will implode when the layoffs begin.

That's the source of the real panic. Parts of Virginia will see the same.

Federal employees are in a panic, they are on a fence for their survival.

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Until you do that, your nothing but a blowhard fake will be TeaClipper.

They do it to themselves, I swear...

Dancing Disraeli's picture

'Attorney Generals' is a pet peeve of mine.

Almost as irksome as 'John Hopkins.'

hedgeless_horseman's picture


...and son-in-laws vs. sons-in-law.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

I could care less, but I really couldn't care less.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Flammable is actually inflammable.  

chubbar's picture

What a bullshit argument. They are basically saying (as I understand it), that foreign payments to a Trump hotel, one that pays taxes on that transaction to the state gov't coffers, is hurting the state!

Seriously, if this is true, these assholes are basically whining about taxable payments to a hotel. What a bunch of fucking losers these morons are. What do they hope to achieve other than obstruction of Trumps agenda? Are they really hoping to reduce the income to the state by restricting business these hotels do with foreigners? They need to be fired if this is the case.


Handful of Dust's picture

Too bad they fund their frivolity with their taxpayers money. They create fake jobs for themselves.

AllTimeWhys's picture

They are all just looking for things to say and or do to create a flashy headline about trump being corrupt or bad because they know most people wont read in between the lines.


Just watch, Trump is going to be pounded non stop throughout his terms (yes, plural) with stupid things that all amount to nothing because they're all bullshit and at the end of it all the democrats and the media will claim that he was the worst president ever because of never ending 'scandals' as opposed to golden boy obama who was 'scandal free' *coughbullshit*

Silver Bug's picture

The circus continues on. These Liberals have no platform, no direction, nothing! The only thing they have is "were not Donald Trump". Coming up with bogus accusation after bogus accusation is going to see them wiped out in 2018 and 2020. The goal is not to win for them, but simply to throw as much mud as possible, even if it is all Nothing Burgers. MEANWHILE, actually important, global changing things that we should be addressing are occuring.

boattrash's picture

Agreed! Here's a link to an open letter to Trump from 2015. It's a bit lengthy, but spot-on, and probably more applicable today than when it was written...

doctor10's picture

The Clinton-Bush oligarchy of the last 30 years has made DC Metro Area profoundly wealthy at the expense of the states.  Do not underestimate the lengths to which those localities will go to prevent any change in the status quo

Offthebeach's picture

Deep and wide state.

But, hey Lefties, go ahead and you and your Lefty judges scribble all you want.   We got the guns,we got the streets, and 90% of the cops and military.

Reichstag Fire Dept.'s picture

Why doesn't he hit back and indict Hitlery?

That will surly put the Dems into orbit!

drendebe10's picture

But its okay fpr pay to play cunton foundation. Fukya progressive liberal democrap turds

Erek's picture

What about all of Hitlerys "donations"?

land_of_the_few's picture

Needs lawsuits. Perhaps some kind of mega class action implicating the gentleman from Naryland as complicit, since he was clearly in her party and did nothing etc etc.... ?

PirateOfBaltimore's picture

the District of Columbia has suffered particular harm because it subsidized the construction of hotels that are now impacted by foreign payments to Trump properties.


What is the alleged harm?  I know they're grasping for standing, but this should be laughed out of court as they are also receiving tax revenue for every hotel stay in DC, in perpetuity, not to mention employment taxes on employees that work at said hotel.


What a fucking joke.  Both should be disbarred for friovlity of this sort.

Whoa Dammit's picture

Affirmative Action state AGs don't haf ta knoe nuffin bout no laws.

FoggyWorld's picture

But it won't be laughed out of court because they pick and chose oh so carefully to make sure they can drag these things out.   Look at where Trump's wanting to vett foreigners is - nowhere but in line for the Supreme Court.   Months wasted while thank God we aren't at war.

Bigly's picture

"Drag these things out"

As I have stated before:  TIME IS USED AS A WEAPON

Griffin's picture

Those were Charity donations, from well meaning nations like Saudi Arabia, who's intentions were absolutely not to try to buy influence in US politics.

Every blood soaked dollar was thoroughly wiped with a cloth until it was as clean as Hillary´s conscience.

Erek's picture

Don't you mean "as clean as Hitlerys server"?

cstu7011's picture

This is f'ing nuts! Time to shut down the whole goobermint sh*tshow!

Handful of Dust's picture

Sessions needs to get off the pot and shit; namely; start indicting these corrupt DNC people and counterattack against their REAL crimes.

FoggyWorld's picture

Maybe Sessions just isn't the right guy for this deep mess.   Remember he has been a Senator for forever and is unfortunately friendly with people he can't seem to attack.

Bigly's picture

It sure seems that way.

This is depressing...

fx's picture

Fuck those retards. they couldn't get anything done to protect ordinary citizens. And they sure as hell didn't see necessity for any action against the Killary empire of donoations and pay-for-play.
But they bother about some Trump-owned hotels now.
It's disgusting.

booboo's picture

Trump better pull out his skinning knife and soon.

chubbar's picture

This comment is one I continually ask myself. I'm hoping that there is plenty of action behind the scenes, where it would normally reside if there are ongoing investigations. However, if there aren't any charges forthcoming pretty soon, it'll be clear that Trump isn't going on the offensive, something that I wouldn't understand or support. For now I'm keeping the faith. I hope we get to see some big heads roll pretty soon!