Trump Administration Calls For Lawsuit About His Businesses To Be Dismissed

Trump's Justice Department fires back on claim he violated the Constitution

Trump's Justice Department fires back on claim he violated the Constitution

The Department of Justice (DOJ) claims President Trump can accept goods and services from foreign governments without congressional approval, despite the constitutional prohibition against US officials' acceptance of foreign payments or gifts without congressional approval.

"Were plaintiffs" interpretation correct, presidents from the very beginning of the Republic, including George Washington, would have received prohibited "emoluments, '" the USA government filing said.

Payments to Trump hotels and restaurants from foreign officials, trademarks granted to Trump brands by China, and royalties from foreign state broadcasters also amount to breaches of the clause, according to Crew, whose lawsuit is joined by businesses who claim to be Trump's competitors.

Finally, Lin argues that seeking an injunction against the President in his official capacity is unconstitutional.

The plaintiffs claim the Emoluments clause bars Trump from accepting anything of value from a foreign government. They asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought against Trump by ethics campaigners, arguing that it would have "absurd consequences" such as blocking some sales of books such as Obama's.

The Justice Department pointed to the business ventures that past presidents dating back to George Washington, as well as other Cabinet officials, were involved in.

"We heartily disagree and look forward to our day in court", stated the CREW spokesperson.

The CREW suit was filed by legal scholars and former White House ethics officials, including Richard Painter, ethics adviser to President George W. Bush; Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe; Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the law school at the University of California, Irvine; and Supreme Court litigator Deepak Gupta.

"Nor can the term "present" naturally be read to include benefits tendered to a US official by operation of law, such as foreign trademarks, licenses, permits, and approvals granted to an official's private business, as Plaintiffs allege", the filing added.

"It's clear from the government's response that they don't believe anyone can go to court to stop the president from systematically violating the constitution", spokesman Jordan Libowitz said in a statement. The group also challenged as improper Trump Tower leases by the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd. and the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority.

Advocates from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) brought the suit against Trump in January, shortly after he entered office. "As the Framers were aware, private financial interests can subtly sway even the most virtuous leaders, and entanglements between American officials and foreign powers could pose a creeping, insidious threat to the Republic", writes attorney Matthew Spurlock in the complaint.

Lawyers for the government also contended the plaintiffs' interpretation of the Emoluments clause is flawed.

Mr. Trump's business empire continues to plague his presidency, despite Mr. Trump's claim after winning the election that the president, "can't have a conflict of interest".

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