This topic sounds way more complicated than it actually is.
It’s pretty simple: conflict of interest.
The constitution says that a President cannot be running his own business or receiving money from foreign governments because that might cause him/her to be swayed into making decisions that are not in the best interest of the people and of our values as Americans. [ This part of the constitution is called The Emoluments Clauses- they protect us from corruption. ]
Seems like common sense huh?
President Trump, however, has made many moves since taking office that conflict with these laws.
He has received money from China, Saudi Arabia, India, Afghanistan, and Qatar’s governments as they all lease spaces in Trump Towers, according to those filing the lawsuit, based off of his tax returns that were finally produced.
Many have also pointed out that his booking rates go up at his hotels every time he sets foot on one as President. Thus, he spent the first 15 weekends as President in those locations instead of in the White House where he can more effectively run the country.
It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but secret service has to set up elaborate tactics to protect him in other places beyond the White House and it actually ends up costing us taxpayers a lot to protect him at his hotels.
Additionally, the Trump family members now running the business have stated that they are opening a new chain of hotels geared towards the “middle of America” aka- the people who elected him. Again, this seems harmless but he is profiting off of his political status.
All of these things violate the US constitution.
Now, does this mean he will be impeached? No. But suing the President of the United States is not an easy or casual task.
Should Maryland and DC win their lawsuit, Trump would probably be required to move ownership of his company outside of his family or step down as President.
Regardless of the outcome, this will only further add to the drama that has plagued this administration from its onset. Let’s hope the American public can keep up.