Historic Case Demonstrates that Presidents Can Be Held Accountable for Violating Anti-Corruption Provisions of the Constitution
WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh issued a joint statement on today’s conclusion of their Emoluments Clauses case against Donald J. Trump. The anti-corruption lawsuit, filed by the District and Maryland against then-President Trump in 2017, became moot when Trump left office. The District and Maryland achieved multiple legal victories as the case made its way through the courts, demonstrating that the Emoluments Clauses of the Constitution are enforceable and leading to the first-ever judicial opinions interpreting them. A statement from AG Racine and AG Frosh is below:
“The District of Columbia and Maryland sued former President Trump for violating our country’s first anti-corruption laws, the Constitution’s Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses. This landmark case is the first time a court found that these clauses could be enforced.
“The Emoluments Clauses were specifically inserted into the Constitution to prevent federal officials, including the President of the United States, from profiting from their positions in government. President Trump illegally profited from his office by receiving improper emoluments in the form of money from foreign governments, federal agencies, and state governments that conducted business at his hotel to curry favor with him and his administration.