Trump Says Suit 'Without Merit'

Donald Trump
Posted at 3:57 PM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 15:57:00-05

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump calls a lawsuit filed Monday against him "without merit, totally without merit."

Ethics attorneys are suing him for allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments in violation of the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit was filed Monday in the Southern District of New York by the liberal-funded watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Trump says he has handed over control of his global real estate and licensing empire to his two adult sons. But he is retaining his financial stake in the business even while in the White House, a break from the tradition of previous presidents to divest.

Trump made the comments in response to a reporter's question after he signed his first few executive orders in the Oval Office.