Democratic Lawmakers Sue Trump, Handing The President Another Legal Challenge

More than 190 Democrats in Congress joined together to sue President Trump on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

They say Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution by profiting from business deals involving foreign governments — and doing so without congressional consent. And they want the court to make it stop.

Trump has “repeatedly and flagrantly violated” the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., told reporters on a conference call.

The clause says that “without the Consent of the Congress,” the president can’t accept benefits “of any kind whatever from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

Blumenthal said Trump “has never sought the consent of Congress” for the profits from deals in the more than 20 countries where he has business operations.

Just one example he offered: Trump has sought — and obtained — valuable trademarks from China’s government but did not clear those transactions with Congress.

Blumenthal, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it took “a lot of research” involving legal experts to determine who would have legal standing to successfully sue the president. “We have standing that no one else has” because the Constitution makes it clear that “the consent of Congress is absolutely essential,” he said.

 

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