The number of lawsuits against and investigations into Donald Trump seemingly grows by the week.
One lawsuit against the embattled President comes from the Attorneys General of Washington D.C. and Maryland, who are suing Trump for taking bribes from foreign officials, a betrayal of his constitutional oath.
According to the Washington Post, the lawsuits were filed “alleging that he has violated anticorruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House.”
The lawsuits are significant because of what we may learn from them:
“If a federal judge allows the case to proceed, one of the first steps would be to demand through the discovery process copies of Trump’s personal tax returns to gauge the extent of his foreign business dealings.”
The President and Vice President are exempt from laws forbidding them from gaining financially while in office, but they are not exempt from the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which forbids them from receiving payments from foreigners while in office:
“This case is, at its core, about the right of Marylanders, residents of the District of Columbia and all Americans to have honest government,” Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh told the Washington Post. “The emoluments clauses command that . . . the president put the country first and not his own personal interest first.”
Be patient Americans. Trump can only game the system for so long. All these things are going to catch up to him eventually, and the crash landing will be spectacular.