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Over 200 members of the House and Senate filed a lawsuit against President Trump for violating the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which bars elected officials from receiving gifts or payments from foreign interests without first getting approval from Congress. The lawsuit has the greatest number of congressional plaintiffs ever in a lawsuit against the president. This is the third lawsuit filed against Trump so far for violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause. The first was filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) the day after Trump’s inauguration and the second was filed on June 14, 2017 by the state of Maryland and Washington, D.C. Members of Congress say the suit in necessary because neither they nor the American people can tell whether Trump pursues policies for the benefit of the American people, or to benefit his family’s business interests.

Sources:

Sharon LaFraniere, New York Times, Democrats in Congress Sue Trump Over Foreign Business Dealings, June 14, 2017

Steve Reilly, USA Today, Democrats in Congress suing Trump, citing conflicts, June 14, 2017

Michelle Gorman, Newsweek, Conflict of Interest: Nearly 200 Democrats sue Trump over business deals

CBS News, Congressional Democrats suing Trump over foreign payments, June 14, 2017