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U.S. lawmakers sue Trump over foreign state earnings

Jun 14, 2017, 7:33 AM EDT
One of the plaintiffs says Trump has conflict of interest in 25 countries.
(Source: Gage Skidmore/flickr)

Around 200 Democratic lawmakers have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, accusing him of constitutional breach after he allegedly received payments from foreign governments via his businesses.

The complainants said that Trump did not seek Congressional approval before accepting foreign payments, which violates the Constitution’s emoluments clause, writes the BBC. One of the plaintiffs claimed that the President has conflict of interest in 25 countries, where his businesses now controlled by a trust, are operational.

This is the largest number of legislators ever to sue a President of the U.S., notes Reuters. The White House Spokesman Sean Spicer rebuffed the allegations, blaming “partisan politics” for the lawsuits, notes Reuters.