Trump lawsuit can go forward
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.