D.C., Maryland to Sue Trump for Accepting Payments from Foreign Governments

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 09: U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden at the White House June 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. According to news reports, Iohannis said the meetings agenda was supposed to include talks on economic investment and security issues related to Russia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Attorneys general for Washington, D.C. and Maryland are planning to sue President Trump on Monday for accepting millions in payments from foreign governments which they say violates the Constitution’s anti-corruption laws, The Washington Post reported early Monday.

CBS News’ Jeff Pegues reports that the office of D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine confirmed details of the Post‘s report.

The lawsuit, obtained by the Post, from Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh — both Democrats — alleges that Mr. Trump committed “unprecedented constitutional violations.” It will be filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, the report said.

It says that despite shifting his business empire into a trust run by his sons, his ownership made the president “deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors,” the report says. The attorneys general accuse Mr. Trump of breaking many promises to keep his presidential responsibilities separate from his business interests, the report said. Frosh said “we’ll need to see his financial records, his taxes that he has refused to release” in order to understand the president’s constitutional violations, the Post said.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: CBS News, Rebecca Shabad