Officials in Maryland and Washington DC are suing Donald Trump for accepting payments from foreign governments via his business empire. The lawsuit cites the US constitution's emoluments clause, which says no federal official should receive a gift or a fee from a foreign government. The suit -- which is the first of its kind filed by government entities -- claims Mr Trump is 'flagrantly violating the constitution.' The White House has denied the claims. The attorneys general for the District of Columbia and Marlyand, Karl Racine and Brian Frosh, announced the lawsuit on Monday.
'Never in the history of this country have we had a president with these kinds of extensive business entanglements or a president who refused to adequately distance himself from their holdings,' said Mr Racine.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.