As President, Donald Trump continues to play Russian Roulette (no pun intended) with his career, it’s looking like the loaded chamber is getting closer and closer.
The Attorney Generals of D.C., Karl A. Racine (D), and of Maryland, Brian E. Frosh (D) have filed a lawsuit, the first of the kind, that says that the President violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution.
According to the lawsuit, Donald Trump’s global businesses are so deeply embroiled in foreign politics that the integrity of our political system is at stake.
The goal of the lawsuit, according to the Attorney Generals, is to demand the release of Donald Trump’s tax returns, something every U.S. president has done so since Richard Nixon.
This isn’t the first lawsuit brought against our current President, as Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a suit in January over the same emoluments clause.
What Is The Emoluments Clause?
The emoluments clause, which is the key constitutional clause in issue, says that anyone in public officer cannot receive gifts, offices, or titles from any foreign state or royal dignitary.
This isn’t the first time a President has had to deal with the emoluments clause as former President Jimmy Carter had to give up his peanut farm, placing it into a trust, which caused Carter to lose the farm.
Of course, the small farm is nothing compared to the international real estate of the President, who still hasn’t divested 100 percent in his hotel.
Oddly enough, according to the Washington Post, the U.S. General Service Administration said that Trump is now in compliance, reversing their 100 percent divestment statement before the election.
Oh, and the U.S. GSA is set to receive a budgetary increase, but that obviously has nothing to do with it.
It seems like the states are now getting involved where the United States Congress has dropped the ball.
To that I say, power to the people.
Featured Image from AG Karl A. Racine via Twitter