by AUBREY REBELO
A liberal-funded watchdog group filed a lawsuit on Monday against President Donald Trump, accusing him of violating the Constitution by allowing his business to accept payments from foreign governments. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed the lawsuit in the Southern District of New York and claimed that Trump is violating a clause in the Constitution that specifically prohibits his businesses from receiving anything of value from foreign governments. Because Trump did not give up power to his businesses, the group claims he is now receiving gifts from foreign governments via guests and events at his hotels, leases in his buildings, and real estate deals abroad.
“When President Trump sits down to negotiate trade deals with these countries, the American people will have no way of knowing whether he will also be thinking about the profits of Trump the businessman”, the Washington-based organization said in a statement, also admitting that they cannot see him as a president, but as the same businessman he was before he got into politics.
Trump dismissed the lawsuit Monday as “without merit” when asked by a reporter in the Oval Office. The New York Times claimed that the group will not seek any monetary payments through the lawsuit, but hopes New York will order Trump to stop taking payments from foreign governments. Eric Trump, son of President Trump, told The New York Times, that the Trump Organization had taken more than the usual steps required by law to avoid litigation. He dismissed the lawsuit as, “purely harassment for political gain.” The “watchdog” group warns Trump, claiming that he will face more lawsuits in the future.