Federal appeals court tosses out lawsuit alleging Trump violated emoluments clause

Federal appeals court tosses out lawsuit alleging Trump violated emoluments clause

[Ed. – Consider the emotional state of the Dems, expect this one to go all the way to the Supreme Court.]

A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit by congressional Democrats who claim President Donald Trump has violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause by allowing his businesses to receive money from foreign governments without prior approval of Congress.

Individual members of Congress lack legal standing to sue the president for alleged violations of law, said the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a unanimous ruling Friday.

The appeals panel did not decide the question of whether Trump had violated the emoluments clause.

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Trump told reporters on the White House lawn that the decision was “a total win.” He called the Democrats’ suit “another phony case.”

Democrats who had pressed the case said they were disappointed, but also said that they were reviewing their legal options.

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