Trump Wins Dismissal of Emoluments Case by Maryland and D.C.
A federal appeals court threw out a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting from his Washington hotel,
The ruling by a Richmond, Virginia-based appeals court hands a victory to the president, Who can now avoid having the two Democratic attorneys general delving into his finances to determine if he violated the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clauses.
In that case in Washington, more than 200 congressional Democrats, led by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal,
Are seeking an order compelling Trump to come to them for permission before accepting any benefits from foreign governments, as they say the Constitution requires , An appeals court in New York is also weighing whether to reinstate an emoluments case dismissed there.
Still, the decision doesn’t mean Trump’s finances are entirely off limits to lawmakers. In addition to the remaining suit , judges in Washington and New York have rejected the president’s attempts to quash congressional subpoenas for financial information from his accounting firm and two banks.
Both rulings are being appealed. Congress has also sued to enforce a demand for Trump’s tax returns.
In their 2017 suit, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh accused Trump of improperly benefiting from the business of at least one state and from foreign governments,
In violation of the U.S. Constitution’s two emoluments clauses. His businesses reported a profit of $191,538 from foreign governments in 2018, a 26% increase over the prior year. The Trump Organization has said it donated that amount to the Treasury.
Trump handed day-to-day control of his business empire to his two sons and a chief financial officer before taking office but refused to divest any of his holdings ,