Week in politics: Debating the legal grounds to sue the president and what to expect from AG Sessions’ testimony

In the first lawsuit of its kind brought by the government, the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia are suing President Trump for violation of anti-corruption clauses in the U.S. Constitution.

First reported by the Washington Post, the suit has yet to be filed but claims the president has not adequately distanced himself from his businesses, and argues that President Trump has received millions in money and benefits from the governments of other countries since taking office.

Also this week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify publicly on Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Sessions is expected to be asked questions about possible contact with Russian officials during and after the transition. This will be the first time Sessions has testified since he formally recused himself from the Department of Justice’s investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.


Josh Blackman, an associate professor of Law at the South Texas College of Law who specializes in constitutional law; he is the author of “Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare” and is filing an amicus brief this Friday in the case, CREW v. Trump, in support of the defendant

James R. Copland, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and director of Legal Policy

Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and founder and chief executive officer of Rodriguez Strategies; he is also a former senior Obama advisor in 2008 and tweets @RodStrategies

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush