Emoluments Clause projected onto Trump's DC hotel

Emoluments Clause projected onto Trump's DC hotel
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“Pay Trump Bribes Here” was projected onto the Trump hotel in Washington, D.C., late Monday night.

Photos shared on social media also showed the Constitution’s emoluments clause projected on the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, just blocks away from the White House.

The emoluments clause prohibits federal officials from taking payments from foreign governments: "No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: And 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.”

Washington, D.C.-based artist Robin Bell posted on Twitter claiming to be behind the projections. 

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The president faces a lawsuit filed by ethics watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington in January that alleges he violated the emoluments clause.

The lawsuit claims Trump is violating the Constitution by accepting payments from foreign states through his hotel.

The apparent protest against the president appeared hours after The Washington Post first reported that Trump had divulged highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and Russian ambassador in a meeting at the White House last week.

Current and former U.S. officials told the Post that Trump revealed information from a foreign intelligence source on “code-word information” — one of the highest levels of classification — about threats from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies,” a U.S. official told the Post.