New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood is investigating President Donald Trump’s business practices in New York for possible violations of the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, a spokeswoman confirmed Friday.
“We’re continuing to investigate,” spokeswoman Amy Spitalnick said in a statement. “This office has repeatedly and successfully acted to hold Donald Trump accountable for unlawful and unconstitutional actions, and we will continue to do so.”
The disclosure of the investigation, first reported by the Washington Post, comes behind a lawsuit previously filed by the Democratic attorneys general of Virginia and Maryland. The suit, narrowed in scope from the outset, focuses primarily on the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
On July 25, U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte of the District of Maryland denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, rejecting the government’s narrow reading of the term “emoluments” in the Constitution’s foreign and domestic emoluments clauses.
It is unclear what areas of business the New York AG’s Office is specifically looking into. According to reports, the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Manhattan substantially improved its business prospects earlier this year when the crown prince of Saudi Arabia booked a five-day stay that was reportedly enough to boost the hotel’s entire quarterly earnings.
The Trump Organization, headquartered in New York City, also possesses numerous non-hotel real estate interests within the state as well.
A request for comment on the AG’s comments from Trump Organization attorney Alan Futerfas was not returned.