Since the inauguration of President Trump on January 20, over 60 lawsuits have been filed against him in federal court. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington – known as CREW –  asserts that their case will force the president to divest from his business empire. At issue? The emoluments clause in the Constitution which prohibits payments from foreign governments, a clause the framers included to protect against corruption from abroad.

Two new plaintiffs are joining CREW’s cause – a hotel event booker and Restaurant Opportunity Center which represents 25,000 restaurant employees – alleging that Trump’s business interests are causing them tangible financial harm. Deepak Gupta, one of the lead lawyers on the case, believes these reinforcements solidify CREW’s ability to sue, their biggest hurdle so far. Gupta walks Soledad O’Brien through their legal reasoning against Trump and why it’s important to see the president’s tax returns.

 

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