Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) on Tuesday will “lay out the Constitutional case” compelling Donald Trump to obey anti-corruption laws, specifically the Emoluments Clause, which forbids the president from accepting payments from foreign states.
The Congressmen will hold a press conference to “outline the Constitutional case for compelling President Trump to obtain the consent of Congress before accepting payments, benefits, or gifts from foreign states,” according to a press release sent out Monday.
“Last week nearly 200 member of Congress filed a complaint … against President Trump, whose ongoing failure to disclose his foreign business dealings violates one of the Constitution’s critical anti-corruption provisions,” the press release reads.
Democrats in Congress aren’t the only ones concerned with Trump violating anti-corruption laws. Last week, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh filed a lawsuit against the president, accusing him of “flagrantly violating” the Emoluments Clause.
“The Republican-controlled Congress has wholly failed to fulfill its responsibility of serving as a check and balance on the president and has thus given the president a total pass on his business entanglements,” Racine said during a press conference on the lawsuit.
“Constituents must know that a president who orders our sons and daughters into harm’s way is not acting out of concern for his own business,” Frosh added. “They must know that we will not enter into a treaty with another nation because our president owns a golf course there.”
Read the full press release below:
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