DC, Maryland to sue President Trump for alleged breach of constitutional oath

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Attorneys general for Maryland and the District of Columbia are suing President Trump over "unprecedented constitutional violations" related to Trump's decision to retain ownership of his businesses while in office, The Washington Post reports.

But District of Columbia (D.C.) Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) said Trump has broken many promises to keep separate his public duties and private business interests.

This is not the first time Trump has been accused of violating the clause.

The Post cited examples of foreign government showing preference for that hotel over others, at what neighbouring Maryland and Washington say is their expense.

Racine said he felt obligated to sue Trump in part because the Republican-controlled Congress has not taken the president's apparent conflicts seriously.

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On Friday, the Justice Department asked a federal judge to dismiss the case.

The suit will ask the court for an injunction blocking Trump from accepting foreign money, the person said.

Company policy detailed in a new pamphlet suggests that it is up to foreign governments, not Trump's hotels, to determine whether foreign governments self-report their business dealings. The litigation is similar to a case filed this year by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a Washington watchdog group. Trump himself has appeared at the hotel and greeted guests repeatedly since becoming president.

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