Rule of Law

All the President’s Business Interests: The Emoluments Clauses and the Trump Administration


Wednesday, July 19, 2017
1:00 pm
American Constitution Society

Among the numerous ways in which the presidency of Donald J. Trump is unprecedented is the extent of his business holdings. Three lawsuits are currently pending alleging that President Trump has violated the Constitution’s Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses, which were intended to prevent government corruption. The plaintiffs include Members of Congress, the Attorneys General of the District of Columbia and Maryland, a non-profit organization dedicated to government ethics and transparency, and Trump business competitors.

Join ACS for discussion and analysis of the litigations, including the substantive claims, the history of the Emoluments Clauses, questions about the parties’ standing, and what remedies might be available. Lawyers representing plaintiffs in all three cases will participate.


  • Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society

Featured Speaker

  • District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine


  • Joan Biskupic, CNN, Moderator
  • Trevor Burrus, Research Fellow, Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies
  • Brianne Gorod, Chief Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center
  • Deepak Gupta, Founding Principal, Gupta Wessler PLLC
  • Stephanie Litos, Senior Counsel to the Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
  • Gautham Rao, Assistant Professor, Department of History, American University

Event Location
Economic Policy Institute
1225 Eye Street NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005