This could be a very big thing.
Courtesy of WaPo:
A federal judge on Friday gave the go-ahead to a lawsuit filed by 200 congressional Democrats against President Trump alleging that Trump has violated the Constitution by doing business with foreign governments while in office.
The lawsuit is based on the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which bars presidents from taking payments from foreign states without Congress’s consent. Trump’s business, which he still owns, has hosted foreign embassy events and visiting foreign officials at its downtown D.C. hotel.
Trump has not given Congress any details of these transactions, nor has he asked Congress’s permission for them. Trump says he doesn’t need to — by his reckoning, these transactions don’t fit the Founding Fathers’ definition of “emoluments.” They are business deals, he says, not payoffs.
But the Democratic members of Congress said Trump had effectively nullified their votes by not giving them anything to vote on.
In his ruling, Federal Judge Emmet G. Sullivan agreed with the legislators, writing that they have legal standing to sue and their case can proceed.
“The Clause requires the President to ask Congress before accepting a prohibited foreign emolument,” Sullivan wrote. If the allegations made by Democrats are true, he wrote, then “the President is accepting prohibited foreign emoluments without asking and without receiving a favorable reply from Congress.”
This is not nearly as entertaining or filled with drama as the other events that took place this week, but this really could be a HUGE deal moving forward.
I think we all know that Trump is using his office to financially benefit his businesses, which of course puts money in his pocket as well.
If the Democrats get access to his financial records in order to make that case, there is no telling what they are going to find and where all of this will lead.
I would not be surprised to learn that Trump is sweating this far more than he is the Kavanaugh hearings.