TWW presents a talk with Dean of UCI Law School Erwin Chemerinsky Co-Counsel in Suit Against President Trump

by | Mar 28, 2017 | News

Together We Will USA invites you to join us on Wednesday March 29, 2017 at 4:30-6:30 PM for an exclusive live streaming event with the distinguished dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, Erwin Chemerinsky.

During this live streaming event, Mr. Chemerinsky will be answering questions that individuals post on the Together We Will Facebook Page, and will also provide us with an update on the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group, lawsuit against Donald Trump violating the Emoluments Clause. Professor Chemerinsky is one of the architects of the lawsuit against Trump for violation of the Emoluments Clause. 

Erwin Chemerinsky is an American lawyer and law professor. He is a prominent scholar in United States constitutional law and federal civil procedure. A study of legal publications between 2009 and 2013 found Chemerinsky to be the second-most frequently cited American legal scholar, behind Cass Sunstein and ahead of Richard A. Epstein.

On January 23, 2017, President Trump’s first Monday in office, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against President Trump alleging Constitutional violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause. Dean Erwin Chemerinsky is serving as co-counsel to CREW.

The foreign emoluments clause of the Constitution prohibits Trump from receiving anything of value from foreign governments, including foreign government-owned businesses, without the approval of Congress.

The lawsuit against President Donald Trump claims his business dealings violate the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause. The Emoluments Clause states, “no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

The lawsuit alleges that because Trump “refused to divest from his businesses” payments he receives from foreigners visiting his hotels, making lease payments, or conducting real estate deals constitute as cash and favors from foreign governments. “Trump does business with countries like China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, and now that he is President, his company’s acceptance of any benefits from the governments of those countries violates the Constitution,” the release reads. The suit asks that a federal judge orders Trump to stop accepting money from foreign governments.

In filing the lawsuit, Chemerinsky noted: “The Constitution is explicit that the President cannot profit from a foreign government without congressional approval and there is no doubt that President Trump has been violating the Constitution since he took the oath of office.  This lawsuit simply asks the federal court to enforce the Constitution and reaffirm that no person, not even the President, is above the law.”


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