This file photo taken on March 23, 2017 shows the sign on the Trump International Hotel in Washington,DC. AFP / PAUL J. RICHARDS
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The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia Monday filed a lawsuit claiming that government payments to President Donald Trump's businesses violate the U.S. Constitution.The case by the two Democratic attorneys general is seen standing a better chance in court as the first government action over allegations that Trump, a Republican, violated the Constitution's emoluments clauses.The Maryland and D.C. attorneys general will seek an order in U.S. district court in Maryland preventing Trump from receiving government payments beyond his salary.Trump's ownership in hundreds of businesses not only financially hurts Maryland and D.C. but also violates "emoluments" clauses in the Constitution that bar the president from accepting gifts from foreign governments without congressional approval as well as from domestic governments under any circumstances, according to the complaint.
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