>> Mister President, reaction to a lawsuit today?>> Thank you, can go ahead and walk out the side door, please.>> Without merit.>> Thank you, guys.>> Totally without merit.>> A group of prominent scholars and ethics attorneys filing a lawsuit Monday accusing President Donald Trump of violating the constitution by allowing his businesses accept payments from foreign governments.
The suit, brought by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, in Washington, alleges Trump's businesses are in breach of a constitutional provision known as the Emoluments clause which prevents a person in office from accepting money or gifts from foreign states. The plaintiffs who include Richard Painter, a former ethics lawyer for President George W Bush, Deepak Gupta, a Supreme Court litigator, and Zephyr Teachout, a lawyer and former New York City mayoral candidate and the Emoluments law expert will seek a court order forbidding Trump from accepting such payments.
Noting he does business with countries such as China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. Gupta telling Reuters that quote, when Trump, the President sits down to negotiate trade deals with these countries, the American people will have no way of knowing whether he will also be thinking about the profits of Trump the businessman.
A representative of Trump's law firm Morgan Lewis and Barkus saying that the firm does not comment on client work. The lawsuit was first reported by the New York Times with Trump's son Eric, an executive of the Trump Organization, telling the Times on Sunday the company had taken more steps than required by law to avoid any possible legal exposure, such as agreeing to donate any profits collected at Trump owned hotels that come from foreign government guests to the US Treasury.
Adding that the suit is quote, purely harassment for political gain.