Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and for the state of Maryland are planning to sue US President Donald Trump for failing to separate personal and public interests, receiving money from foreign governments and violating anti-corruption provisions in the Constitution, according to media reports.
Karl A. Racine (DC) and Brian E. Frosh (Maryland) are planning to focus on Trump remaining the owner of his company after he became president and to cite the example of the Trump International Hotel located near the White House, The Washington Post newspaper reported on Sunday.
The attorneys general reportedly say that the hotel is pulling customers, including foreign ones, away from other venues in its vicinity and that Trump’s company should not have been allowed to continue leasing the hotel’s building as the contract stipulates that no elected official can be on the lease.
The lawsuit will also reportedly claim that Trump has created a situation in which foreign governments are competing for his favor by offering various incentives to his businesses.
The lawsuit is expected to be filed with the US District Court for the District of Maryland.