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Advocacy group sues Trump over emoluments

Follow-up to to previous posting – Brookings Paper – The Emoluments Clause: Its Text, Meaning, and Application to Donald J. Trump – this news release dated 1/2//2017: “Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is bringing a federal lawsuit to stop President Trump from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments. The lawsuit will be filed in the Southern District of New York when the court opens at 9 AM on Monday [January 23, 2017]. The foreign emoluments clause of the Constitution prohibits Trump from receiving anything of value from foreign governments, including foreign government-owned businesses, without the approval of Congress…CREW is represented in the case by an all-star team of top constitutional scholars, ethics experts and litigators who have combined to argue 45 cases before the Supreme Court. The lawyers on the case include CREW’s board chair and vice-chair Norman Eisen and Richard Painter, the top ethics lawyers for the last two presidents, Constitutional law scholars Erwin Chemerinsky, Laurence H. Tribe and Zephyr Teachout, and Deepak Gupta of Gupta Wessler PLLC.”

  • Related article from Buzzfeed based on NYT story below: “The complaint is to be filed Monday morning in US District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of CREW — which on Friday also filed a letter with the General Services Administration asking it to immediately begin investigating whether Trump’s business had breached its lease of the Old Post Office building with the federal government.”
  • See also The New York Times – Suit Will Seek End to Foreign Payments to Trump’s Firms – “A group of scholars and lawyers intends to file a lawsuit Monday that claims payments by foreign powers to businesses owned by Mr. Trump are a violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.”

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