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15 December 2017


'Trump violates US law over foreign payments'

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A legal watchdog has expanded a federal lawsuit against US President Donald Trump, accusing him of violating the Constitution by continuing to own and benefit from his business empire.

Axar.az reports that the amended complaint filed on Tuesday in a federal court in New York adds a trade group that represents more than 200 restaurants and nearly 25,000 employees as plaintiffs.

The new complaint by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is an effort to address concern over the lack of a clear victim or whether the watchdog itself was harmed by Trump businesses.

It said members of Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) have improperly lost business, wages and tips to the president’s competing businesses.

Trump, who had argued that the original lawsuit had no merit, is expected to respond by April 21.

The lawsuit alleges that Trump violates the Constitution's "emoluments" clause, which bars him from accepting gifts from foreign governments without congressional approval.

CREW has warned that foreign diplomats could rent out space in Trump hotels in order to curry favor with the president or rub shoulders with his adult children who are in charge of his business transactions.

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2017.04.18 / 21:29
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