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Trump Named As a ‘Defendant’ In 108 New Federal Lawsuits, And More Are Coming

Last week, president Donald Trump suffered a major defeat when he failed to repeal and replace Obamacare. But that’s not the only debacle that can put in jeopardy his entire agenda. An astounding number of upcoming court battles are also threatening to derail the Trump administration.

Along with trying to recover from his embarrassing defeat and push his tax-cuts-for-the-wealthy plan, the reality television star will also be defending himself in several courts of law.

Let’s face it, suing the president of The United States is a daunting task, and when that president is Donald Trump, it’s intimidating. But that hasn’t stopped people from seeking justice against the fraudulent president. Just ask lawyer Jeffrey Lovitky, who is suing president Trump over his financial disclosure forms.

“It is intimidating. I am intimidated,” Lovitky told NPR in an interview. “I think people are afraid to put their name out there on a lawsuit against the president,” he said. “There is a sense that Donald Trump can be very difficult on people who oppose him.”

“I mean, I would rather not be doing this,” he added. But he has done it.

The case is Jeffrey A. Lovitky, attorney at law, v. Donald J. Trump, filed in federal district court in Washington. It’s one of 108 federal lawsuits naming Trump as a defendant since he took office Jan. 20.

Lovitky said his decision to sue came from a sense of duty. “You go back to the basic premise of what is each individual’s civic responsibility? What do you owe?” he told NPR.

Washington, D.C., lawyer Jeffrey Lovitky  |  NPR

Washington, D.C., lawyer Jeffrey Lovitky | NPR

Trump owns an international business empire and also will be “making the most critical decisions that will affect our country for years to come.”

“We need to know as much about his financial situation as we can,” Lovitky said.

And he is not the only one looking into Trump’s murky financial entanglements with foreign governments.

In January, a group of legal scholars, ethics lawyers, and money in politics experts filed a federal lawsuit claiming President Trump is violating the Constitution by accepting payments from foreign governments through his business empire and receiving cash and favors from foreign operatives in exchange for access to his administration.

Lovitky is preparing a brief for the expected counterattack: a motion to dismiss the case for lack of standing. If he can get over that hurdle, he could end up setting a precedent that ordinary Americans can sue to seek enforcement of federal ethics laws.

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