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Justice Dept. Cites Founding Fathers to Defend Trump’s Business Interests

Conduct that was acceptable for George Washington should be fine for President Donald Trump, the Justice Department argued in response to a pending lawsuit claiming Trump is violating the Constitution by continuing to profit from his global business empire.

Government watchdog group Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington (CREW) argues that Trump is violating what’s known as the Emoluments Clause, which bans members of the government from accepting gifts from foreign governments.

CREW says that Trump violates the clause any time a foreign government pays the Trump Organization, because Trump profits financially from the business activity of his organization.

The Justice Department said that the  lawsuit overreaches.

“Neither the text nor the history of the Clauses shows that they were intended to reach benefits arising from a President’s private business pursuits having nothing to do with his office or personal service to a foreign power,” the administration argues.

“Were plaintiffs’ interpretation correct, presidents from the very beginning of the Republic, including George Washington, would have received prohibited ‘emoluments,’” the response to the suit said.

“ … surely someone would have raised concerns about whether foreign governments or government-owned corporations may have been among the customers of the farm and other products regularly exported by early Presidents,” the government’s filing read. “Yet, there is no evidence of these Presidents taking any steps to ensure that they were not transacting business with a foreign or domestic government instrumentality.”

Washington continued to operate his plantation throughout his time as president, and constantly did business overseas, the filing said.

“Presidents who were plantation owners similarly continued their agriculture businesses, exporting cash crops overseas,” said DOJ, which also cited James Madison as another president who did business abroad.

The filing said Washington “exported flour and cornmeal to ‘England, Portugal, and the island of Jamaica.’”

Meanwhile, Thomas Jefferson, who operated his farm at Monticello while president, sold tobacco to Great Britain, the court papers said.

CREW’s lawsuit also attracted the attention of attorneys general of Maryland and the District of COlumbia, who have filed a similar suit.

Asked about the second suit Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer labeled it “partisan politics” at work.

Republican National Committee Spokeswoman Lindsay Jancek also ridiculed the suit.

“This lawsuit brought against our president is absurd,” she said in a written statement. “…The actions of the attorneys general represent the kind of partisan grandstanding voters across the country have come to despise.”