Sunday, 22 January 2017

Watchdog group to file lawsuit over foreign payments to Trump businesses

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WASHINGTON – A liberal watchdog group plans to file a lawsuit Monday, contending that President Trump is violating the Constitution by continuing to accept payments from foreign governments at the businesses operated by his family.

“It was our hope that President Trump would take the necessary steps to avoid violating the Constitution before he took office,” said Noah Bookbinder, the executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington or CREW. “He did not. His constitutional violations are immediate and serious, so we were forced to take legal action.”

At issue: The foreign "Emoluments Clause” of the Constitution, which bans payments or gifts from foreign governments.

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