Congressional Democrats Sue Trump Over Foreign Payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are suing President Donald Trump over foreign money flowing into his global business empire.


Almost 200 senators and representatives are plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging Trump is violating the so-called emoluments clause of the Constitution. It's being filed early Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the lawmakers said.


The plaintiffs argue they have standing to sue because the clause says only Congress may approve foreign gifts and payments.


"The framers gave Congress a unique role, a unique right and responsibility," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat who helped organize the lawsuit.


Although Trump turned over control of his real estate development, management and marketing company to his adult sons and a senior executive, he did not divest from it. That means he stands to benefit financially from the Trump Organization's profits, including from foreign governments.



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