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BY: Joe Schoffstall
A watchdog organization linked to top liberal operative David Brock is involved with a lawsuit against President Donald Trump alleging that he has violated the Constitution's emoluments clause, which bars foreign governments from paying U.S. officials.
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A federal judge in the U.S. District Court of Greenbelt, Md. ruled this week that the suit filed last June may proceed, marking the first instance where litigation "of this kind has cleared the initial legal hurdle," the Washington Post reports.
The suit, brought forth by Karl Racine, D.C.'s attorney general, and Brian Frosh, the attorney general from Maryland, both Democrats, alleges "violations by the President of two distinct yet related provisions of the U.S. Constitution that seek to make certain that he faithfully serves the American people, free from compromising financial entanglements with foreign and domestic governments and officials."
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The lawsuit mimics an earlier New York suit from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) that was ultimately dismissed by a federal judge.
The lawsuits are nearly identical because the organization is also quietly involved with the current suit against Trump.
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Noah Bookbinder, CREW's executive director, and Stuart McPhail, CREW's litigation counsel, are both listed on the original lawsuits beneath the attorney generals.
David Brock, the Clinton ally who founded Media Matters for America, previously chaired CREW, which bills itself as a "nonpartisan" organization. Brock left his position in late 2016 so as to make the group appear less nakedly partisan.
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"Due to my stepped up political activities in the American Bridge opposition research super PAC, I decided to step off CREW’s board to ensure its public reputation...
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