Trump responds to Maryland lawsuit questioning foreign 'gifts'

Posted at 9:31 PM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 21:31:08-04

President Donald Trump is asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit alleging he is violating the Constitution by taking profits from foreign governments that patronize his hotels and other properties.

Trump is arguing that the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia do not have standing to bring the lawsuit because they have not shown they have suffered from the president's actions, among other reasons. The motion to dismiss is his first response to the June lawsuit.

The attorneys general filed the lawsuit in June alleging Trump was violating a little-known clause in the U.S. Constitution that prohibits presidents from taking payments from foreign governments without congressional approval. The lawsuit is one of several filed against Trump citing the so-called emoluments clause.