Nearly 200 Democratic lawmakers in Congress have signed onto a lawsuit against President Trump, which alleges that the President, by retaining his business interests in the Trump Organization, has violated the Constitution’s “foreign emoluments clause,” which prohibits an American president from taking gifts and benefits from foreign leaders, reports the Washington Post.
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal says “the lawsuit has already drawn more congressional plaintiffs — 196 — than any legal action previously taken against a president.”
No Republicans had joined in the lawsuit so far, although they will be invited to do so, Blumenthal told WaPo.
The complaint argues that the Constitution’s emoluments clause requires the president to obtain “the consent of Congress” before accepting any gifts. This report comes less than 24 hours after attorneys general in the District of Columbia and Maryland, both Democrats, filed separate suits alleging that payments to Trump violated the Constitution’s anti-corruption clauses.