Trump bears new legal action over business firm: Report

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The US Capital Washington and Maryland’s officials to sue President Donald Trump for accepting payments and benefits from foreign governments through his business empire, according to news reports on Sunday night.

The suit to be disclosed on Monday centers on the so-called payment clause, which bars US officials from accepting gifts or other benefits from foreign governments.

An NGO that centers on morality issues filed a similar suit in January. But this is the first one presented by government organization.

The declared lawsuit adds to Trump’s misery as he struggle with congressional and a special prosecutor’s probes into his campaign’s supposed ties with Russia, which US intelligence agencies say intrude boldly in the 2016 election to held Trump success.

Since taking power in January, Trump has turned day to day power over his real estate empire and other strength to his adult sons, but not sold them off as many in America said he should to avoid battle of interest.

The lawsuit will be filed on Monday by the attorneys general of Maryland and Washington in the US District Court for the District of Maryland, the Washington Post reported.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh stated that the case was about Trump’s failure to distinct his personal interests from his presidential duties.

Frosh told the Post that the payment clause mandates that “the president put the country first and not his own personal interest first.”

A key case in the argument is a hotel that Trump opened last year by letting a large, stately building that used to be a central post office, just down the road from the White House.

Apart from the issue of the foreign payments ban, Maryland and Washington protest that the presence of a Trump hotel hurts engaging hotels in their administration.

The Post cited examples of foreign government showing preference for that hotel over others, at what neighboring Maryland and Washington state is their cost.

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

Source: AFP

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