Congresswoman Shea-Porter Co-Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging President Trump’s Violation of Constitution’s Anti-Corruption Clause
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and 195 Members of Congress today announced they have filed a federal lawsuit against President Trump for violating one of the Constitution’s critical anti-corruption provisions: the Foreign Emoluments Clause. The emoluments clause prohibits the President from accepting foreign payments without seeking and receiving Congressional authorization.
“The Constitution’s Emoluments Clause is a vital protection against foreign governments’ corrupting influence,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “The American people should have total confidence that the President is serving their interests. President Trump’s refusal to disclose his foreign financial interests is a brazen violation of the Constitution, and a danger to our democratic system. That is why I am demanding my Constitutional right as a Member of Congress to vote on whether President Trump may accept these foreign payments.”
From the beginning of his Administration, President Trump’s embrace of Russia, pandering to Saudi Arabia, and sudden weakness before China have raised urgent questions about his financial conflicts of interest. Since the lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last week, reports have revealed that President Trump has received additional foreign benefits – including new trademarks in China.
The Emoluments Clause provides that “no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”