Appeals court dismisses Emoluments Clause lawsuit in win for Trump

TheHill | 7/11/2019 | Jacqueline Thomsen
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The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Maryland and the District of Columbia alleging that President Trump is violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, finding that they did not have the standing to sue the president.

The ruling is a major win for Trump, who has frequently sought to prevent others from reviewing his private financial records.

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In the opinion, Judge Paul Niemeyer wrote that the claims that foreign government officials are staying at Trump's Washington, D.C., hotel in order to benefit the president and not due to other factors "requires speculation" and are "simply too attenuated."

"Indeed, there is a distinct possibility — which was completely ignored by the District and Maryland, as well as by the district court — that certain government officials might avoid patronizing the Hotel because of the President’s association with it," Niemeyer, who was appointed by former President George H.W. Bush, wrote.

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"And, even if government officials were patronizing the Hotel to curry the President’s favor, there is no reason to conclude that they would cease...
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