Justice lawyers try, again, to stop Trump’s records release

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department lawyers appeared to be challenging a Maryland federal judge’s decision to allow a case against President Donald Trump to move forward.

The filing late Friday afternoon, however, was merely a notice to the court. It comes as U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte is poised to allow the subpoenas to begin flowing on Monday. Such information would likely provide the first clear picture of the finances of Trump’s Washington, D.C. hotel.

This is the second effort by the president’s legal team to delay proceedings.

The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia allege Trump, who hasn’t divested himself of his business holdings, is profiting off the presidency.

The Constitution’s Emoluments Clause prohibits federal officials from accepting benefits from foreign or state governments without congressional approval.

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