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Trump faces emoluments lawsuit after court tosses his win

Trump faces emoluments lawsuit after court tosses his win”

A smaller panel of the court's judges had initially ruled against DC and Maryland before the court allowed the plaintiffs to appeal the case before the full circuit.

President Trump will not be able to shake off a lawsuit that accuses him of violating the Constitution by continuing to own his businesses while serving as president, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The lawsuit brought by the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia alleges that Trump has violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution by accepting profits through foreign and domestic officials who stay at the Trump International Hotel.

The ruling from the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit is at odds with a decision in March in a separate, similar case that barred individual members of Congress from suing the president over his private business. In a 9-6 ruling, a divided court found that the three-judge panel overstepped its authority when it ordered Messitte to dismiss the lawsuit.

"We recognize that [D.C. and Maryland] press novel legal claims. But Congress and the Supreme Court have severely limited our ability to grant the extraordinary relief the President seeks", Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote for the majority in rejecting Trump's request to dismiss the lawsuit.

Officials from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other countries have collectively spent hundreds of thousands of dollars at the hotel, just a few blocks from the White House. His sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump run the company. Sekulow called the case "another example of presidential harassment" - the same term used by conservative Supreme Court justices on Tuesday when they expressed concern about subpoenas by Democratic lawmakers to obtain Trump's financial records.

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The lawsuit brought by Maryland and the District of Columbia was one of several that accuse Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his business interests. An initial three-judge panel of the same court had tossed the lawsuit and said the attorneys general did not have legal grounds, or standing, to sue.

But the subpoenas have been on hold pending the outcome of the president's appeal.

Last fall, Trump sparked controversy for suggesting that the United States host the 2020 G7 summit at a Trump Organization property, the struggling Doral golf resort in Miami, which would have required a number of foreign leaders and their staff to directly pay the Trump Organization.

Now, Trump's lawyers will have to go to the US Supreme Court to seek an appeal of Thursday's decision, but there is no guarantee the high court will hear the case.

However, there is ample damage that cannot be repaired inflicted on the world by Trump, including the deadly pandemic sweeping the globe, an economic disaster that could surpass the Great Depression, and the continuing climate crisis, wealth disparities and nuclear proliferation. The Trump Organization said it will consider offers to buy out the 60-year lease on the hotel.

Frosh and Racine have said a sale to an entity other than a state or foreign government would be the end of their case.



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