Judge Hands Trump Another Win Over Democrats After an Already Victorious Week

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Posted: Feb 07, 2020 11:40 AM
Judge Hands Trump Another Win Over Democrats After an Already Victorious Week

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It's been a great week for President Trump, maybe the best of his presidency so far. After being acquitted by the Senate, receiving roaring numbers on the economy, hitting his highest overall approval rating and putting another infamous terrorist into the ground, a federal court just unanimously ruled congressional democrats are not entitled to sue him over baseless allegations of emoluments clause violations. 

The lawsuit was filed after democrats claimed Trump's refusal to turn over personal financial information violated the law. 

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A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit by congressional Democrats who sued President Donald Trump for allegedly violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which bars presidents and other federal officer holders from receiving money from foreign governments.

Individual members of Congress lack legal standing to sue the president on such a claim, said the three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in an unanimous ruling.

The judges in the case were less than impressed with the arguments justifying the lawsuit. 

The decision came two months after the panel appeared deeply skeptical of the claim that members of Congress, as opposed to Congress itself, could sue a president for violating the law.

“You are not Congress,” Judge Thomas Griffith told a lawyer for the 215 members during oral arguments in December.

“You are not here representing Congress.”

President Trump responded to the ruling Friday morning before boarding Marine One. He is on his way to speak at the North Carolina Opportunity Now Summit.