Judge says that House the Democrats’ emoluments clause lawsuit against Donald Trump can proceed.

By | 2018-09-29T06:04:44+00:00 September 29th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

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. 

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8 Comments

  1. Eye Roll Troll September 29, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Rules Schmules! When has he ever cared? He’s above everything!

  2. IR$ September 29, 2018 at 9:56 am

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/29/trumps-tax-returns-midterms-democrats-853456

    “The nearly 100-year-old statute allows the chairmen of Congress’ tax committees to look at anyone’s returns, and Democrats say they intend to use that power to help answer a long list of questions about Trump’s finances.” ” Nonpartisan election experts say Democrats will likely win the House, with the Cook Political Report putting the chances at 75 percent. They’re less likely to win the Senate, though even Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has conceded that’s possible.”

  3. Anon September 29, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    OT? The most important story this week didn’t exactly fly under the radar, but with so much focus on the Senate Judiciary Committee, I want to make sure you caught it.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/trump-kavanaugh-sleazification-conservative-elite/

  4. anon September 29, 2018 at 12:43 pm
  5. Anonymous September 29, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    This is pne of THREE lawsuits against Trump on emoluments. One is on appeal and two moving forward.

  6. Anonymous September 29, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    I would not be surprised to learn that Trump is sweating this far more than he is the Kavanaugh hearings.
    ===================
    Doubt it because he get Kavanaugh confirmed and it goes to the supreme court, trump will get to keep all the money

  7. Anonymous September 29, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    “America’s two modern political parties, the Democratic and Republican, share a common lineage in the Democratic-Republican Party which was founded at the birth of the nation and splintered in 1825.

    “It flows nicer—the Democratic Party, but the real name is the Democrat Party,” Trump falsely claimed. “I hate the way it sounds and that’s why I use it. But that’s the real name. The Democrat Party.
    When you see Democratic Party, it’s wrong. There’s no name, Democratic Party.”

    The Republican president then said that the opposing party represented “radical socialism” and would turn this country into Venezuela.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/donald-trump-delivers-bizarre-fake-history-democrat-party-name-sweaty-west-virginia-speech/

  8. Anon September 29, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Trumps brother was a drunk. He happened to be in charge of the family money. He suddenly died and baby brother don was right there to take over. Trump has his tiny dirty hands in everything nasty and bad.

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