Democrats Demand Documents from Trump Businesses about Foreign Payments

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Democrats in the U.S. Congress on Monday said they were using a court case to demand documents from President Donald Trump’s businesses in hopes of proving that they violated anti-corruption provisions of the U.S. Constitution.

A group of more than 200 Democratic Party lawmakers said in a statement that as part of lawsuit in federal court they had issued 37 subpoenas the Trump Organization and other entities, seeking information about foreign government payments accepted by properties in his real estate empire.

The subpoenas also seek information about trademarks granted to Trump businesses by foreign governments.

“Our goal is simple and straightforward – stopping President Trump from putting a ‘For Sale’ sign in Russian on the door to the Oval Office,” said Richard Blumenthal, a senator from Connecticut and the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.

Blumenthal added that the politicians were seeking “a targeted set of documents” to ensure Trump “can no longer shirk his constitutional responsibility.”

The U.S. Department of Justice, which is representing Trump in the court case, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The move had been expected in light of recent rulings by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington in favor of the Democratic Party lawmakers.

Trump, a wealthy real estate developer, maintains ownership of his businesses but has ceded day-to-day control to his sons. Critics have said that is not a sufficient safeguard.

In 2017, Democrats filed a lawsuit alleging Trump was illegally profiting from his businesses in various ways, including by collecting payments from foreign government officials who stay at his properties and accepting trademark registrations around the world for his company’s products.

A similar case brought the Maryland and the District of Columbia attorneys general is also making its way through the courts.

The litigation represents the first time in U.S. history courts have interpreted the so-called “Emoluments Clauses” of the Constitution, which bans U.S. officials from accepting gifts or payments from foreign and state governments without congressional consent.

On June 25 Sullivan rejected a request by Trump administration lawyers to halt the case and let them file an expedited appeal of key preliminary rulings he issued against the president.

On Monday the Justice Department urged an appeals court to put the litigation on hold, saying it was based on “novel and flawed constitutional premises” and allows “intrusive discovery into the President’s personal financial affairs.”

(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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Karen
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Karen

200 maggots showing their hate for America. you never criticized Obama, the Muslim. remember Hillary the pay to play traitor, who sold 20percent of our uranium to Russia
what are you doing for America. you’re scum.

Edmund Hickey
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Trump’s financial records are irrelevant. Trump is doing the job he was elected to do. There is absolutely zero legislative reason for Democrats to look a Trump’s financial records and everything he does or has done since elected president is wide open to scrutiny to search for favoritism or influence being used. There is only one, and only one reason to look at Trump’s tax records and that is to find something, anything, to be used as ammo to twist around to oust him. Providing his tax returns to the slimy Democrats violates his 5th Amendment rights of self incrimination… Read more »

General Confusion
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“stopping President Trump from putting a ‘For Sale’ sign in Russian on the door to the Oval Office” Richard Blumenthal

Blumenthal is confused. The sign should be written in Arabic and Yiddish or Ladino.

Morte206
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I’m sure HRC was more multi cultural in her financial shenanigans, right Dick.
At least Trump has an actual business as opposed to HRC who really was just pretty much selling the mere hope of political influence to foreign entities under the guise of the Clinton Foundation.

william jackson
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D-RATs look like someone on an Exercycle, peddling like crazy and going nowhere. The sad thing they are doing nothing that strengthens our country. Bunch of political maggots amongst piles of worthless garbage.
Feckless D-RATs

Cherl
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So this is what obsession looks like. How President Trump has been able to accomplish anything is astounding. These freaks have one goal and it isn’t what they were elected to do. Blumenthal and his 200 minions are pathetic if they think anything good will come of this.

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