Trump seeks dis­missal of emol­u­ments law­suit

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump asked a judge on Fri­day to throw out a law­suit al­leg­ing he is vi­o­lat­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion by us­ing his of­fice to profit from his ho­tels and other properties. Trump is ar­gu­ing that the at­tor­neys gen­eral of Mary­land and the Dis­trict of Columbia do not have stand­ing to bring the law­suit be­cause they have not shown they have suf­fered from the pres­i­dent’s ac­tions, among other rea­sons. The mo­tion to dis­miss is Trump’s first re­sponse to the law­suit. The at­tor­neys gen­eral filed the law­suit in June al­leg­ing Trump was vi­o­lat­ing the emol­u­ments clauses of the Con­sti­tu­tion that gen­er­ally pro­hibits pres­i­dents from re­ceiv­ing pay­ments from for­eign and do­mes­tic gov­ern­ments. It is one of sev­eral filed against Trump that cite the clauses. Gov­ern­ment ethics lawyers have widely con­demned Trump for hold­ing onto his vast busi­ness em­pire af­ter tak­ing of­fice. They ar­gue that gives plenty of op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple who want to in­flu­ence U.S. pol­icy to curry fa­vor with the pres­i­dent. In the mo­tion to dis­miss, Trump and his lawyers said the Mary­land at­tor­ney gen­eral’s ar­gu­ment that busi­ness in his state will get hurt by Trump’s Wash­ing­ton, D.C., ho­tel is too “spec­u­la­tive,” among other faults.

WASH­ING­TON: There are prob­a­bly few doors in Wash­ing­ton that wouldn’t be open to Dave Chap­pelle, but Dis­trict of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser pre­sented the co­me­dian, 44, with a key to the city on Fri­day just in case.

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