In 2017, Attorney General Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh sued President Trump for violating the Constitution’s Emoluments Clauses, our nation’s original anti-corruption laws. The Emoluments Clauses prohibit the president from accepting money or benefits from foreign or domestic governments.

Unlike previous presidents, President Trump has refused to separate himself from his businesses and OAG alleges that he continues to accept money from foreign and domestic governments through transactions at the Trump International Hotel here in the District. The Framers designed these anti-corruption laws to ensure Americans never have to wonder whether the president is working on our behalf or in his personal financial interest.

In a historic ruling in July 2018, a federal court judge agreed that the president is prohibited from accepting almost anything of value—including gifts, payments, and benefits—from foreign or domestic governments. OAG is continuing the work to stop the president from violating the Constitution and using his office for profit.

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