Democrats exploring lawsuit against Trump
Senate Democrats are exploring a lawsuit against President Trump on the grounds that his vast business empire has created conflicts of interest that violate the Constitution.
The effort is being led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who has had preliminary discussions with several senators about the idea. ...
Blumenthal said that he hoped "we'll reach conclusions in the very near future" about course of action to take but stressed that senators were reviewing all options available to them.
"We're very seriously considering all the courses of action that may be open to us because these conflicts of interest are so serious ... and they effect not only the president very deeply but also others in the administration," he said.
Maria McElwain, a spokeswoman for Blumenthal, said “there are ongoing conversations between members of the Senate and constitutional and ethics experts” about what course of action senators could take “if the administration continues to fail to provide transparency and comply with the nation’s laws.”
“Senator Blumenthal is focused on how to make sure that the Trump Administration is held accountable for its unprecedented conflicts of interest, and ensure that no one — not even the President — is above the law,” she added. ...
Democrats warn that unless the president sheds his financial assets and places money in a blind trust, he risks violating the Constitution's Emoluments Clause.