Trump Summoned To Court In Emoluments Clause Case: Report
A summons has been issued to President Trump in a case alleging he is violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution.
A lawsuit, filed by D.C. and Maryland against President Trump over his alleged business conflicts, argues that Trump is violating the clause, which prevents elected officials from receiving gifts or benefits from foreign governments without Congress’s approval.
The lawsuit is filed against Trump in his “official capacity and in his individual capacity,” WAMU reported.
The lawsuit also alleges that businesses in Maryland and D.C. have been hurt because groups instead choose to stay at Trump’s properties in attempts to get in his good favor.
Trump has said his business interests would be put in a blind trust managed by his sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.
Critics and watchdog groups have expressed concerns that foreign officials can patronize Trump’s business to curry favor with the president.
You can read the summons below:
Trump’s lawyers must respond to the summons three weeks, according to the report.