Maryland, DC attorneys general suing Trump

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While other presidents have released them, Trump has refused, and the attorney generals said that they want to see them in order to gauge the extent of his business dealings.

Those benefits violate the US Constitution's "emoluments clauses," which ban US officials from taking gifts or other benefits from foreign governments, the suit argues.

"The actions of the attorneys general represent the kind of partisan grandstanding voters across the country have come to despise", Jancek said.

The high-profile lawsuit claims that Trump is in violation of Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the US Constitution, the so-called Emoluments Clause.

Maryland attorney general Brian Frosh using the example that for a decade Trump had tried and failed to get trademark protection from China.

Earlier this year, legal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (Crew) filed a federal lawsuit in the in the southern district of NY alleging that Trump violated the constitution by failing to sufficiently extract himself from his expansive business empire, which has interests in more than two dozen countries.

Still, Democratic attorneys general have led the charge in challenging the president in court.

"Elected leaders must serve the people, and not their personal financial interests".

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"The Republican-controlled Congress has wholly serving as a check and balance on the president, and has thus far given the president a total pass on his business entanglements", Racine said.

At their news conference, the two Democrats said their effort is non-partisan and that other attorneys general, including Republicans, were welcome to join their effort.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at his daily press briefing that Trump's "interests as previously discussed do not violate the emoluments clause".

Attorneys general for Washington, D.C. and Maryland are suing President Trump for accepting millions in payments from foreign governments which they say is "flagrantly violating" the Constitution's anti-corruption laws. The suit seeks an injunction to put a stop to these alleged violations. However, Trump is yet to keep his promises of separating public mandates and business interests. Since then, his son, Eric Trump, has said there will be regular meetings with President Trump to update him on how the businesses are doing.

On the other hand, Attorney General Frosh, said, "We can not treat a president's ongoing violations of the Constitution and disregard for the rights of the American people as the new and acceptable status quo".

This suit could "open a new front for Trump", which had already faced the investigation of the special prosecutor Robert Mueller about Trump's ties with the Russian government during the presidential campaign of 2016, which was denied both in the White House and in the Kremlin.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, will require the court to answer whether Trump has violated either the domestic or foreign emoluments clauses.

Since Trump continues to own and profit from the Trump Organization, the lawsuit claims citizens can not know whether their president is making decisions in the best interests of the nation or rather out of "self-interested motivations grounded in the global and domestic business dealings in which President Trump's personal fortune is at stake".

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