The foreign emoluments clause says that federal officials can't accept "any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State", without approval from Congress.
The lawsuit, first reported by the Washington Post late Sunday, hinges on Trump's decision to maintain ownership of his company after becoming president, the D.C. Attorneys General's office confirmed to ABC News Sunday night.
The attorneys general of Washington and Maryland, Karl Racine, and Brian Frosch said the lawsuit was filed because Trump continued to participate in transactions with property and is involved in a business which can be recognized as a conflict of interest under the U.S. Constitution.
"The suit alleges that President Trump is flagrantly violating the Constitution", Racine told reporters on Monday.
Mr Racine says the president has spoken about drawing a line between the presidency and his many businesses and properties but that he "has walked his promise back".
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The lawsuit also focuses on the fact Mr Trump chose to retain ownership of his company when he became President.
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After the CREW lawsuit was filed, the Trump Organization said that Trump, a New York-based real estate mogul and investor, had relinquished all involvement in his businesses.
This is the first lawsuit filed by government entities against Trump's business interests. The domestic emoluments clause forbids the president from receiving any other "emolument" while he's in office, generally defined as a payment or other financial benefit.
Frosh added it was unprecedented the American people "must question day after day whether actions are being taken to benefit the United States or to benefit Donald Trump", and said the attorneys general didn't sue the president lightly. Furthermore, it prohibits the president from accepting gifts or emoluments from state governments. "Foreign governments are spending money there in order to curry favor with the president of the United States".
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This is not the first time Trump has been accused of violating the clause.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus Executive Committee in the Cabinet Room at the White House March 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. "There is no other president whose domestic and foreign investments, the entanglements, have been so bound up with our policy and our interests, and he is the only president who has refused to disclose the extent of his holdings and interests, so yes it will be a subject of our lawsuit".
The lawsuit argues that Trump's continued relationship with his businesses may indicate that he is making decisions with "self-interested motivations grounded in the global and domestic business dealings in which [his] personal fortune is at stake".
The lawsuits contend that Mr. Trump violates the "emoluments" clause by receiving economic benefits from owning a company that rents rooms and spaces to foreign governments in NY and the District of Columbia.
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The retailer said it will continue to take "all necessary action" to achieve profitability. Eligible associates will be provided severance compensation and transition assistance.