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Florida Democrats in Congress join suit against Trump

Most Florida Democrats are among the nearly 200 members of Congress who have joined a lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump has improperly benefited from business dealings with foreign governments.

[Associated Press]

Most Florida Democrats are among the nearly 200 members of Congress who have joined a lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump has improperly benefited from business dealings with foreign governments.

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WASHINGTON -- Most Florida Democrats are among the nearly 200 members of Congress who have joined a lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump has improperly benefited from business dealings with foreign governments.

The suit, filed Wednesday morning, contends he is in violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

Organizers say it’s the most members of Congress to sue a sitting president.

Florida Democrats on board: Reps. Ted Deutch, Kathy Castor, Val Demings, Lois Frankel, Alcee Hastings, Al Lawson, Darren Soto, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Frederica Wilson.

It was not immediately clear why Sen. Bill Nelson, facing re-election in 2018, did not join. Reps. Stephanie Murphy and Charlie Crist are also not on a list distributed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s office. UPDATE: Crist signed on Tuesday night.

Trump faces two other similar suits, though this is the first by members of Congress. Blumenthal argued the group has standing. “The framers gave Congress a unique role, a unique right and responsibility,” he told reporters.

Republicans will be asked to join, he said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 3:21pm]

    

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