Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (Crew) said it would file the lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court on Monday morning.
“We did not want to get to this point,” Crew executive director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement.
“It was our hope that President Trump would take the necessary steps to avoid violating the Constitution before he took office. We were forced to take legal action.”
The US constitution says no federal official should receive a gift or “emolument” – a fee – from a foreign government.
They’re claiming that getting paid for a hotel room by a government violates the emoluents clause.
So, a small question. Did Obama getting book royalties from a Chinese state owned publisher violate the same clause?
Please show your working.
(I have sent an email to ask and will share any result).