Here's What Could Have Happened If Two Off-Duty Cops Didn't Walk by the...
ACLU Latest Client Will Make Liberals Heads Spin
Bill Maher Nails This Point When Discussing Free Speech and 'Team Hamas' Antics...
After Her Horrifying Response on Antisemitism, Liz Magill's Presidency at UPenn Is Over
Democrats Have A Golden Opportunity To Destroy The Right
What the Democratic Party Has Become
A Quick Bible Study Vol. 195: Hebrew Bible Christmas Prophecies
Newsom Humiliated By Disastrous Budget Report One Week After Bragging About California's E...
The Strange Way Exiled George Santos Is Raking In Money
Dozens Gather Outside Swanky Hollywood Elitist Event to Protest Joe Biden
The View: Pro-Lifers Should Die Before Receiving Cancer Treatment
American Legion Signals Compromise In Battle Over Veteran Disability Benefits
Harvard 2024
It Is Downright Scandalous to Accuse Israel of Genocide
Biden WH Refuses to Take Responsibility for Inflation, Says Companies Need to Lower...

Winning: Judge Dismisses Emoluments Lawsuit Against Trump

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit alleging President Trump violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause because his hotels and golf courses continue to do business with foreign governments while he’s serving in office.


U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels said the lawsuit was flawed from the start because the plaintiffs, led by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, lacked standing.

Daniels, an appointee of former President Bill Clinton, also said the matter should be taken before Congress, not the courts.

“As the only political branch with the power to consent to violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause, Congress is the appropriate body to determine whether, and to what extent, Defendant’s conduct unlawfully infringes on that power,” he wrote in his ruling. “If Congress determines that an infringement has occurred, it is up to Congress to decide whether to challenge or acquiesce to Defendant’s conduct. As such, this case presents a non-justiciable political question.”

The group’s suit, filed three days after Trump’s inauguration, alleged that the president had violated a little-known, never-tested provision of the Constitution known as the foreign emoluments clause. Written to prevent early America’s diplomats and officials from being swayed by gifts from wealthier nations, the provision bars officeholders from accepting a “present [or] emolument from any King, Prince or foreign state.”

CREW charged that Trump was violating the emoluments provision because his company continued to do business and seek benefits from foreign governments after he became president, including by leasing space to foreign entities in Trump Tower and renting ballrooms for embassy functions at the Trump hotel in Washington.

The lawsuit also alleged that Trump probably had violated another constitutional provision, the domestic emoluments clause, which bars presidents from taking payments other than their salary from individual states. Several state government officials have stayed at Trump’s Washington hotel or eaten at its BLT Prime steakhouse since Trump’s election. (WaPo)


CREW vowed to appeal the verdict, issuing a statement saying, “while today’s ruling is a setback, we will not walk away from this serious and ongoing constitutional violation. The Constitution is explicit on these issues, and the president is clearly in violation.”

Join the conversation as a VIP Member


Trending on Townhall Videos