Trump law­suit can go for­ward

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Nearly 200 Con­gres­sional Democrats have won a rul­ing al­low­ing them to pro­ceed with a law­suit claim­ing that Don­ald Trump is vi­o­lat­ing a Con­sti­tu­tional ban on re­ceiv­ing ben­e­fits from for­eign gov­ern­ments with­out Congress’s per­mis­sion while pres­i­dent.

U.S. District Judge Em­met Sul­li­van de­nied a Jus­tice Depart­ment re­quest to dis­miss the law­suit, filed last year by Sen. Richard Blu­men­thal, D-Conn., and other mem­bers of the House and Se­nate.

The judge ruled they have le­gal stand­ing to pur­sue their claim, while de­fer­ring his de­ci­sion on other de­fense ar­gu­ments.

Trump has stepped down from run­ning his $3 bil­lion em­pire but re­tained his own­er­ship in­ter­ests, a de­ci­sion the law­mak­ers say vi­o­lates the con­sti­tu­tion’s For­eign Emoluments which pro­hibits a pres­i­dent from re­ceiv­ing pay­ments or gifts from for­eign gov­ern­ments with­out Congress’s per­mis­sion. Blu­men­thal has called the emoluments clause the Con­sti­tu­tion’s “pre­mier anti-cor­rup­tion pro­vi­sion.”

The Democrats are seek­ing an or­der com­pelling the pres­i­dent to no­tify Congress when he’s of­fered an emol­u­ment, giv­ing them the op­tion to vote on whether to let him ac­cept it.

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