In Record-Setting Move, 196 Lawmakers Sue Trump
The 'emoluments clause' is what's at play, again
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2017 7:51 AM CDT
President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, following his arrival on Marine One helicopter from nearby Andrews Air Force Base. Trump was...   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – As far as records go, it's a dubious one for President Trump, who was on Wednesday sued by the highest number of lawmakers to ever sue a president, per Reuters. It puts the count at 196 Democrats, with 30 senators and 166 representatives listed as plaintiffs in a suit filed in federal court that accuses Trump of violating the Constitution. The "emoluments clause" is what's at play here, just as in the suit filed Monday by the Democratic attorneys general of Maryland and Washington, DC. The clause requires Trump to obtain an OK from Congress before accepting payments or gifts from outside governments, and those suing him argue that his businesses have taken in a multitude of payments from foreign governments since his inauguration—absent that approval.

The Washington Post reports Connecticut's Sen. Richard Blumenthal led the filing for the Senate, and he invited Republicans to join in (none have done so). His take: "The president’s failure to tell us about these emoluments ... [means] that we cannot do our job. We cannot consent to what we don’t know." University of Iowa law professor Andy Grewal tells the Post their chances of success don't look great: "Because this is individual legislators who don’t have any individual injuries, it will be hard for them to get standing." The latest "emoluments" suit against Trump isn't the second such one against him—it's the third. The first was filed on the president's first full workday in office.

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