Paul LePage

Maryland argues in court that Trump’s business ties hurt the state, violate the Constitution

Maryland argues in court that Trump’s business ties hurt the state, violate the Constitution

Attorneys for the State of Maryland told a federal court Thursday that the state has been harmed by payments President Donald J. Trump’s real estate company receives from foreign governments and other states, and that those transactions violate one of the nation’s earliest efforts to combat corruption.

The arguments, which spanned most of the day in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, focused on a narrow but crucial question in a lawsuit filed by Maryland and the District of Columbia in June: whether those two jurisdictions are positioned to claim the payments made to Trump’s hotels are unconstitutional.

Central to the lawsuit is the idea that the Trump International Hotel in...

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