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Lawsuit may force Donald Trump to choose between presidency and his business empire

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Lawsuit may force Donald Trump to choose between presidency and his business empire

In a lawsuit filed against President Donald Trump, the attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland seek to pierce the web of Trump-related proprieties and force him to make a choice: the presidency or his business empire? The suit adds four critical elements to the legal fight over Trump's refusal to liquidate domestic and foreign holdings that put him in violation of the Constitution.

First, the suit broadens the list of holdings claimed to run afoul of the foreign emoluments provision. That provision prohibits Trump from receiving “any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” The listed sources of Trump's wealth that inevitably draw in monies or benefits “of any kind whatsoever” include Trump's International Hotel (which has “specifically marketed itself to the diplomatic community”); Trump Tower (which leases space to a...

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