Emoluments Clause

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Appeals Court Delivers Bad News to Trump on Hotel

Justices refuse to dismiss suit about president profiting from foreign business

(Newser) - President Trump lost a court battle Thursday over accusations that he's illegally making money from foreign governments while serving as president. A federal appeals court in Virginia refused to dismiss a case brought by the attorneys general of DC and Maryland in regard to the Trump International Hotel in... More »

Court to Lawmakers: No, You Can't Sue Trump

Federal appeals court says congressional Dems have no legal standing in emoluments complaint

(Newser) - Congressional Democrats received some disappointing news this week over their emoluments lawsuit against President Trump. Per Politico , the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the complaint filed in 2017 by 200-plus Democratic House and Senate members, accusing the president of illegally profiting from foreign governments who spent money... More »

Why Trump Is Mulling a $500M For-Sale Sign

The Trump International Hotel might hit the market amid concern over emoluments

(Newser) - President Trump's real estate company might unload a palatial hotel over complaints that government-ethics laws are being cast aside, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Trump Organization has hired a real estate firm to let go of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, where Trump and other White... More »

Trump Swings at 'Phony' Constitutional Clause

He speaks with reporters for 71 minutes on Monday

(Newser) - The emoluments clause has dogged President Trump since, quite literally, his first full weekday in office , and proved the undoing of his now-reversed decision to hold the 2020 G7 summit at his Doral resort in Miami. That hasn't left him a big fan of the Constitutional clause, which forbids... More »

GOP Blowback Forced Trump U-Turn on Hosting G7 at Resort

'It clearly was an unforced political error'

(Newser) - President Trump blamed "Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility" when he tweeted Saturday that he had abandoned his plan to host the G7 summit at his own resort in Miami—but insiders say it was pushback from Republicans that led to the U-turn. Sources tell the Washington Post... More »

Trump: Being President Is Costing Me a Fortune

He says 'this thing' has cost him up to $5B

(Newser) - President Trump spoke at a massive Shell petrochemical plant under construction in Pennsylvania on Tuesday—but he spent a lot more time talking about personal grievances than energy policy. "This thing is costing me a fortune, being president," Trump said, complaining about the cost of lawyers and rejecting... More »

Trump: I Just Won a 'Big Part' of the 'Witch Hunt'

Federal appeals court throws out suit accusing him of illegally profiting off the presidency

(Newser) - A federal appeals court threw out a lawsuit accusing President Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel, handing Trump a significant legal victory on Wednesday. A three-judge panel of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously overturned the ruling of a federal judge in... More »

DC, Maryland to Subpoena Trump Organization, Treasury

As part of lawsuit accusing Trump of profiting off the presidency

(Newser) - The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland plan to file subpoenas Tuesday seeking records from the Trump Organization, the Treasury Department, and dozens of other entities as part of a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency, the AP reports. The flurry of subpoenas came... More »

Ruling Could Force Trump to Give Up Financial Records

Judge lets emoluments lawsuit against him move forward

(Newser) - Justice Department lawyers' latest bid to get an emoluments suit against the president tossed has been unsuccessful. US District Judge Peter Messitte on Wednesday denied the motion, which the Washington Post describes as apparently "the first time a federal judge had interpreted [the Constitution's emoluments clauses] and applied... More »

Emoluments Case Against Trump Gets Legal Victory

Judge is allowing lawsuit to move forward

(Newser) - An emoluments lawsuit against President Trump is moving forward after a federal judge ruled Wednesday that attorneys general from Maryland and Washington DC have legal standing to proceed, the AP reports. According to the Washington Post , it's the first time such a lawsuit has ever made it past its... More »

Judge Tosses Out Trump 'Emoluments' Lawsuit

He decides plaintiffs have no standing to sue

(Newser) - Restaurant workers, a hotel event booker, and a watchdog group who say President Trump has business conflicts that violate the Constitution cannot sue him, a New York judge ruled Thursday. US District Judge George Daniels said it was too soon for the lawsuit to be considered by the courts, particularly... More »

Hypothetical Hot Dogs May Be Bad News for Trump

Comes up in lawsuit over business interests, could affect release of tax returns

(Newser) - Controversy over President Trump's refusal to release his tax returns may have fallen off the political radar, but it resurfaced in a very real way in a Manhattan courtroom on Wednesday. As NPR reports, that's where a hearing unfolded as part of a lawsuit brought by the watchdog... More »

Trump Responds to 'Emoluments' Case Against Him

President asks judge to toss case brought by attorneys general

(Newser) - President Trump asked a judge on Friday to throw out a lawsuit alleging he is violating the Constitution by using his office to profit from his hotels and other properties, the AP reports. Trump is arguing that the attorneys general of Maryland and DC do not have standing to bring... More »

In Record-Setting Move, 196 Lawmakers Sue Trump

The 'emoluments clause' is what's at play, again

(Newser) - As far as records go, it's a dubious one for President Trump, who was on Wednesday sued by the highest number of lawmakers to ever sue a president, per Reuters . It puts the count at 196 Democrats, with 30 senators and 166 representatives listed as plaintiffs in a suit... More »

2 Attorneys General Say Trump Is Violating the Constitution

DC, Maryland officials are suing over the president's business interests

(Newser) - Prepare to hear a lot about something called the "emoluments clause." It's the linchpin of a lawsuit being filed Monday against President Trump by two Democratic attorneys general, reports Reuters . AGs Brian Frosh of Maryland and Karl Racine of Washington, DC, say Trump is violating the Constitution... More »

Ethics Lawyers Sue Trump

They are suing over 'unconstitutional' foreign payments

(Newser) - An ethics watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against President Trump on his first full weekday in office, the AP reports. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a liberal advocacy group that includes constitutional scholars and former White House ethics lawyers, says Trump is in violation of the constitution'... More »

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