A summons has been issued to President Trump in a lawsuit filed against him by the attorneys general of DC and Maryland alleging he has violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, WAMU reported.
The Emoluments Clause prevents elected officials from receiving gifts or benefits from foreign governments without Congress’s approval.
The lawsuit has reportedly been filed against Trump in his “official capacity and in his individual capacity.”
Trump previously told the American people that he would put his business interests in a blind trust managed by his sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.
The lawsuit argues that Trump’s refusal to divest from his business empire — in particular, the Trump International Hotel in downtown D.C. — has meant that foreign governments have directly paid the Trump Organization for hotel bookings and events.
It further argues that businesses in Maryland and D.C. have been hurt because groups instead choose to stay at Trump’s properties in attempts to get in his good favor.
Trump’s lawyers must respond to the summons three weeks, according to WAMU.