Rep. Susan Davis Joins Lawsuit Challenging Trump’s Violation of Constitution’s Anti-Corruption Clause

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Washington, DC, June 20, 2017 | comments

Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) and nearly 200 members of Congress have filed a federal lawsuit against President Trump for violating one of the Constitution’s critical anti-corruption provisions: the Foreign Emoluments Clause.  The emoluments clause prohibits the President from accepting foreign payments without seeking and receiving Congressional authorization.

“The Constitution’s Emoluments Clause clearly states that the President must get congressional approval before accepting any payments or benefits from foreign governments,” said Rep. Davis. “President Trump has not come to Congress with this request while he continues to reap financial benefits from numerous foreign nations. The American people should have total confidence that the President is serving their interest, not his own financial enrichment.”

Unlike prior Presidents, Trump has refused to divest himself from his business holdings. Since the lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last week, public reporting has revealed that President Trump has received additional foreign benefits – including new trademarks in China – and is brokering business deals in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf.

The Emoluments Clause provides that “no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

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