Green­belt, Md.

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

Emol­u­ments clause: A fed­eral judge last week re­fused to de­lay a law­suit ac­cus­ing Pres­i­dent Trump of vi­o­lat­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion by do­ing busi­ness with for­eign in­ter­ests through his Wash­ing­ton, D.C., ho­tel. The case, brought by the Demo­cratic at­tor­neys gen­eral of Wash­ing­ton and Mary­land, claims that for­eign lead­ers try to curry fa­vor with the pres­i­dent by stay­ing at the Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel, just blocks from the White House. Judge Peter Mes­sitte ruled pre­vi­ously that these trans­ac­tions might vi­o­late the Con­sti­tu­tion’s emol­u­ments clause. The plain­tiffs can now pro­ceed with dis­cov­ery, re­view­ing doc­u­ments and pos­si­bly de­mand­ing Trump turn over tax re­turns. The Jus­tice Depart­ment said the law­suit is too time-con­sum­ing for Trump, which Mes­sitte wryly re­buffed, cit­ing tweets from Trump dar­ing peo­ple such as for­mer CIA Direc­tor John Bren­nan to sue him. Trump’s at­tor­neys want to de­lay the case un­til he is out of of­fice, and plan to ap­peal the rul­ing.

Ho­tel open­ing

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