Watchdog to sue US President Trump

Jan 23, 2017
The Trumps - the current American first family.
The Trumps – the current American first family.

A legal watchdog group says it will file a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump has been violating the Constitution by allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments.

The liberal-funded watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics said the president was violating a clause in the Constitution that prohibited his businesses from receiving anything of value from foreign governments.

Because he didn’t divest his businesses, it said, Trump was now getting gifts from foreign governments via guests and events at his hotels, leases in his buildings and real estate deals abroad.

White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks directed inquiries to Trump’s attorney Sheri Dillon.

Hicks says in an email: “She was very clear on this issue two weeks ago and nothing has changed; the president has no conflicts.”

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington plans to file the lawsuit in the Southern District of New York on Monday. – AP