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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Takes Action as President Trump Violates Anti-Corruption Provisions of the Constitution

June 20, 2017
Press Release
Lawsuit comes as the administration ignores attempts at oversight

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today joined nearly 200 colleagues in the House and Senate in an unprecedented effort to compel President Trump to comply with the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution. These Members of Congress have filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against President Trump for his ongoing failure to obtain the consent of Congress before accepting payments, benefits, or gifts from foreign states. These actions violate the Foreign Emoluments Clause, one of the Constitution’s critical anti-corruption provisions.

“This is not an action I have taken lightly, but I have watched for months as President Trump violated the anti-corruption provisions of the Constitution by profiting from foreign governments without the consent of Congress. Foreign governments have granted preliminary approval of trademarks virtually overnight, paid to stay at Trump hotels, and have even leased space at the president’s properties, raising concerns that this president is putting his business interests before the interests of the American people. The public has been left to wonder whether the president is making vital decisions based on what’s best for his business empire. All the while, the administration has ignored attempts at oversight and the Republican Majority in Congress has refused to perform its responsibilities. This has left us with no other choice but to ask the court to step in to block these clear violations. Our Constitution is clear that Congress must approve any president’s foreign transactions. No president is above the law.”

No taxpayer dollars are being used to pay for the plaintiffs’ expenses in bringing this suit. The Department of Justice will be defending the president, although President Trump can easily make this suit go away by complying with the Constitution. House Democrats have sent numerous letters to President Trump that have gone unanswered concerning payments he received from foreign governments.

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