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DC and Maryland are suing Trump over business payments from foreign governments


The attorneys general for Washington, D.C., and Maryland will sue President Trump on Monday, claiming that he has accepted of millions of dollars worth of payments and other benefits from foreign governments since he moved into the White House in violation of the Constitution's anti-corruption clauses, The Washington Post reported.

The announcement of the "major lawsuit" is set for noon.

Trump said in January that he would put his business assets into a trust managed by his sons to avoid conflicts of interest. But attorneys general Karl Racine of Washington, D.C., and Brian Frosh of Maryland -- both Democrats -- say Trump has broken his promises to step away from his business interests once he assumed the presidency, citing the fact that his son Eric Trump has said his father would receive regular updates on his companies.

The lawsuit accuses Trump of "unprecedented constitutional violations," and of being "deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors."

"[The Constitution demands] that the President ... disentangle his private finances from those of domestic and foreign powers," the lawsuit reads, according to a signed copy provided to the Post. "Never before has a President acted with such disregard for this constitutional prescription."

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