The Democrat attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland filed a dubious lawsuit against President Trump over his private businesses.
The lawsuit relies on an obscure, probably nonjusticiable clause in the U.S. Constitution. The claim is that Trump is violating the Emoluments Clause, which prevents any “Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them” from accepting “any present, Emolument, Office, or Title … from any King, Prince, or foreign State,” by not divesting his businesses, which the American people knew about when they elected him. There is a dearth of case law on the topic. Perhaps this is because it’s not a legal question – it’s a political question.
Proceeding - Today - US - District - Court
The legal proceeding (available here) was filed today in the U.S District Court in Greenbelt, Md., and states that it “alleges violations by the President of two distinct yet related provisions of the U.S. Constitution that seek to make certain that he faithfully serves the American people, free from compromising financial entanglements with foreign and domestic governments and officials.”
Some of the more crazed left-wingers say if a foreign diplomat stays at a Trump hotel, this is evidence in itself that the Emoluments Clause has been violated. It’s a weak argument. Hotel charges aren’t gifts; they’re fees paid for services rendered. If, say, Trump and the diplomat agreed the latter would pay substantially more than the normal hotel rates, then maybe that would be considered a prohibited emolument. But nobody knows because the issue has never been adjudicated.
DC - Attorney - General - Karl - Racine
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine claimed today that Trump is “flagrantly violating the Constitution” and that “never in the history of this country have we had a president with these kinds of extensive...
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