The liberal watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CRE) announced on Sunday its plans to issue a lawsuit against President Donald Trump.
According to planned filings for the Southern District of New York, CRE believes Trump is violating the Constitution by permitting the Trump Organization to accept payments from foreign governments. They cite that the Constitution prohibits personal businesses from attaining anything of value, such as monetary gifts, from foreign nations.
The CRE also believes Trump’s primary interests will be in reaping the benefits of foreign guests utilizing his hotels, and leasing space in his buildings. “When Trump the president sits down to negotiate trade deals with these countries, the American people will have no way of knowing whether he will also be thinking about the profits of Trump the businessman,” the CRE claimed in a statement.
When pressed about the matter by the Associated Press, the White House Director of Strategic Communications, Hope Hicks, referenced previous statements made by Trump’s attorney Sheri Dillon. “She was very clear on this issue two weeks ago and nothing has changed; the president has no conflicts,” Hicks stated in an email.
Eric Trump also commented on the grounds of the lawsuit, claiming it’s “purely harassment for political gain.”
The CRE claims they are not seeking monetary reward in regards to the lawsuit; rather, they simply want a New York court to order the Trump Organization to cease all acquirements of foreign investments.
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