June 15, 2017
Press Release


WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement as he joined nearly 200 Members of Congress in filing a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against President Trump. President Trump’s ongoing failure to obtain the consent of Congress before accepting payments, benefits, or gifts from foreign states violates one of the Constitution’s critical anti-corruption provisions, the Foreign Emoluments Clause.

“Despite running for office on a promise to ‘drain the swamp,’ President Trump has become a key part of it. For 145 days, his presidency has been shrouded in a cloud of illegitimacy. He violated the Constitution the moment he took the oath, because he refused – and continues to refuse – to divest his global business interests.”

“While American families work hard and play by the rules, Donald Trump sits back and enriches himself off the Office of the President. From his sprawling network of hotels – where foreign dignitaries have effectively admitted they stay to gain influence – to leasing his New York office space to a massive Chinese-owned bank, our President has put himself ahead of the American people at every turn. It’s not just immoral – it’s flat out illegal.”  

“That is why I am proud to join nearly 200 of my Congressional colleagues in this historic lawsuit against President Trump for violating the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. Our Founding Fathers were clear: Congress must consent before federal officials accept payments from a foreign government. This suit is critical to ensuring the President of the United States is beholden to the American people, and the American people only.”