A lawyer sues President Trump over his financial disclosure

A Washington, D.C. lawyer is asking Trump to correct his financial disclosures.

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 17, 2017. CREDIT: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
President Donald Trump listens to a question during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 17, 2017. CREDIT: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

A lawyer filed a case in federal court on March 14 which claims that Americans have not received accurate information about President Donald Trump’s debts. Attorney Jeffrey Lovitky, based in Washington, D.C., said Trump’s May 2016 financial disclosure mixes personal liabilities with business liabilities, Politico reported.

Lovitky wrote in the complaint:

The purpose of these disclosure requirements is to allow members of the public to make informed judgments as to whether candidates for federal office have financial conflicts of interests that may impair their ability to faithfully execute their duties as public servants.

In an interview with Politico, Lovitky said, “If you just look at the statement on its face, all those liabilities are assumed to be personal liabilities, but I just do not think that’s the case. I have information that says otherwise.”

Lovitky is not seeking damages. He asked the court to declare last year’s disclosure illegal and to file a new disclosure. In January, Lovitky asked White House Counsel Don McGahn to file a corrected form but McGahn did not respond, Politico reported. Trump’s next financial disclosure form would be released in May 2018.