In a new legal challenge to President Trump, Maryland and the District of Columbia filed lawsuits Monday June 12, 2017 alleging that his failure to shed his private businesses has undermined public trust and violated constitutional bans against self-dealing.  The lawsuit, filed in a Maryland federal court, makes many of the same arguments in a lawsuit filed earlier this year by a Washington watchdog organization in a New York federal court. But some legal experts said it rested on stronger legal ground because the plaintiffs were governmental entities, which could have stronger standing to sue the president.  The complaint opens uncharted legal territory. No state has accused a president of violating the emoluments clauses of the Constitution. One of those clauses bans federal officials from accepting gifts from foreign governments. A second prohibits the president from accepting economic benefits from the federal or state governments, other than his salary.


Broussard v. Trump