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Oct 4, 2018

This Week: Judge Says Congressional Emoluments Suit Against Trump Can Proceed

Two hundred members of Congress can continue with an emoluments lawsuit against President Donald Trump, a federal judge ruled Friday. In a 58-page opinion, Judge Emmet Sullivan denied the President’s motion to dismiss the suit, and said the legislators had a legitimate case to make that Trump, by not asking Congress for permission to accept revenue from foreign governments through his hotels and other businesses, had acted unconstitutionally. In July, Judge Peter Messitte similarly ruled against Trump’s effort to dismiss an emoluments suit brought by the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland. Trump has certainly tried to profit from his presidency, no matter how often his sons inaccurately protest that he is no longer involved with the family business. Forbes detailed where things stand in a report Tuesday: A new, “Middle America”-themed, Trump-branded hotel chain hasn’t been especially profitable, but the President himself is a majority owner. And, by quickly jumpstarting his 2020 reelection campaign in 2017, Trump has,…

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