Ethics Lawyers Start “Barrage of Litigation” By Suing Trump Over Unconstitutional Foreign Payments

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 22, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Ethics attorneys are not wasting any time in going after the new president for his alleged illegal and unethical business practices.

Raw Story reports that a group including former White House ethics attorneys will file a lawsuit on Monday accusing President Donald Trump of allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments, in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Deepak Gupta, a Supreme Court litigator working on the case, said the lawsuit will allege that the Constitution’s emoluments clause forbids payments to Trump’s businesses. It will seek a court order forbidding Trump from accepting such payments, he said.

The New York Times reported this is only part of a barrage of litigation expected to be filed against Trump by liberal advocacy groups. Lawsuits like these are one of the few ways left to challenge now that Trump and the republicans control the government.

The NY Times said President Trump’s son Eric Trump, an executive vice president of the Trump Organization, claimed that the company had taken more steps than required by law to avoid any possible legal exposure, such as agreeing to donate any profits collected at Trump-owned hotels that come from foreign government guests to the U.S. Treasury.

Trump denies any wrongdoing, “This is purely harassment for political gain.”

The ACLU is also already looking into conflicts of interests In relation to the new President and his business empire.

(Article by Jeremiah Jones)

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