Maryland, DC to Sue Trump Over Foreign Payments

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The attorneys general accuse Mr. Trump of breaking many promises to keep his presidential responsibilities separate from his business interests, the report said.

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CREW is outside counsel on the lawsuit the attorneys general plan to file.

They claim the president's Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., had officials from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia stay there and thus took payments from foreign governments.

The attorneys general of Washington, D.C. and Maryland say that they will file a lawsuit on Monday alleging that President Donald Trump has violated his constitutional oath of office, reports say.

If a federal judge allows the case to proceed, one of the first steps will be to demand through the discovery process copies of Trump's personal tax returns to gauge the extent of his foreign business dealings.

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This is not the first time Trump has been accused of violating the clause. Each, however, faces legal hurdles over standing to sue the president.

It said the embassy of Kuwait had planned to hold an event at a Four Seasons hotel but eventually moved it to the Trump property, which is called the Trump International Hotel.

Aside from the issue of the foreign payments ban, Maryland and Washington complain that the presence of a Trump hotel hurts competing hotels in their jurisdictions.

The suit will allege that Trump has taken favors from the US government.

The Trump Organization has argued the clause does not apply to "fair value exchanges" in which people pay for a service, like use of a hotel room.

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