On Wednesday, a federal judge gave the green light for part of a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of violating constitutional guarantees against corruption by retaining ownership of his business empire
. District Judge Peter Messitte of Greenbelt, Maryland, rejected a request from the Department of Justice to overturn the case, although he limited his claims to those who included the Trump International Hotel in Washington and not Trump's business outside the US capital. The lawsuit was filed by the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland filed last June.
The decision was a setback to the government's efforts to reverse Trump's allegations that Trump violated the provisions of the US Constitution even before he took office last year. A US judge in Manhattan threw a similar case against Trump in December.
The provisions are designed to prevent corruption and foreign influence. US officials are prohibited from accepting gifts or other allowances from foreign governments without the consent of the Congress. The other prohibits the president from receiving salaries from individual states.
The lawsuit says Trump has failed to break away from its hotels and other businesses, making it vulnerable to incentives from officials who favor.
Trump, a rich man As a president, the businessman who regularly visits his own hotels, resorts and golf clubs has given daily control of his business to his sons. Critics said it was not enough protection.
That undermines democracy, said the lawsuit, because Americans can not be sure whether Trump is acting in their best interest or in "international and domestic business dealings where Trump's personal assets are at stake."
The Suit said Trump had received millions of dollars in payments and benefits by leasing Trump real estate from foreign government agencies, buying condos in Trump real estate, as well as hotel accommodations, restaurant purchases and venues for events hosted by foreign governments and diplomats
The District of Columbia and Maryland said their residents, who compete with Trump's stores, such as the Trump International Hotel in Washington, are being damaged by lesser patronage, wages, and gratuities.
Trump's attorneys said such allegations were speculative and voiced doubts that any damage to the competition stemmed directly from Trump's status as president
In his decision of Wednesday, Messitte dismissed this view and said the allegations the applicant is sufficient to bring the case forward.
"Her claim is supported by explicit statements by certain foreign government officials pointing out that they clearly choose to stay at the President's Hotel because, as a foreign government official has stated, they want him to know "I love your new hotel," wrote the judge.
Messitte has also noted this since the 201