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Frosh Defends Rationale Of Trump Administration Suits

July 7th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Appearing on WBAL, Maryland  Attorney General Brian Frosh defended the flurry of suits he's either joined or spearheaded against President Donald Trump and administration officials. Among the cases the Democrat has joined are one against Environmental Protection Agency's director over pesticide approval and another against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for halting implementation of an Obama-era rule affecting for-profit colleges. The one lawsuit he's spearheaded, with District of Columbia counterpart Karl Racine, charges Trump with violating the Constitution's emoluments clause through continued ownership interest in the properties that bear his name at home and abroad. In many cases, these projects either have foreign government investments or foreign government tenants. The fact that president Trump has refused to disclose and refused to divest his tangled network of financial interests is a real problem for us and for all of the other states," Frosh said. "It isn't about politics. It's about presidential corruption. The framers of the Constitution were very clear they didn't want our president to be influenced by any foreign power. When you look at Donald Trump's investments abroad and in the United States and he is subject to influence by every country that we're at odds with."  Trump's Washington hotel, Frosh said, has been marketed to the diplomatic community. The emoluments clause has been largely untested in courts.

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