A Democrat-led lawsuit accusing President Trump of corruption for accepting foreign business at his DC hotel has been unanimously thrown out in a big victory for the President.
….serving and doing a great job as your President (including accepting Zero salary!).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2019
Per NPR, the case was brought by the attorneys general of Washington, D.C., and Maryland, arguing that Trump had violated the domestic and foreign emoluments clauses of the U.S. Constitution by accepting money from state and foreign governments via his Washington hotel and business empire.
A three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled unanimously that the attorneys general did not have the standing to bring the lawsuit and instructed a lower court to dismiss the lawsuit.
Donald Trump took a rare judicial victory lap on Wednesday after a three-judge panel tossed out a Democrat-led lawsuit accusing him of corruption by accepting foreign government business at his Washington, D.C. hotel.
The U.S. Constitution makes such dealings impermissible, although the Trump Organization writes am annual check to the Treasury to offload its profits from all such transactions it can identify.
‘Word just out that I won a big part of the Deep State and Democrat induced Witch Hunt,’ Trump tweeted after the ruling was made public.
‘Unanimous decision in my favor from The United States Court of Appeals For The Fourth Circuit on the ridiculous Emoluments Case. I don’t make money, but lose a fortune for the honor of serving and doing a great job as your President (including accepting Zero salary!).’
All three of the judges who heard Trump’s appeal of a lower court ruling were appointed by Republican presidents. A separate case proceeding along similar lines is still alive in the District of Columbia.
The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals instructed Maryland-based U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte to dismiss the lawsuit filed in June 2017 by the Democratic attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
The attorneys general lacked legal standing to sue, the appeals judges decided. Messitte had allowed the case to proceed, spurring Trump’s appeal.
‘Today’s pair of decisions by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is a complete victory,’ Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said in a statement. ‘This latest effort at presidential harassment has been dismissed with prejudice.’
‘The decision states that there was no legal standing to bring this lawsuit in the first place,’ he added.
Trump opened the Trump International Hotel, just blocks from the White House, shortly before he was elected in November 2016. Unlike past presidents, he has retained ownership of numerous business interests, including the hotel, while serving as president.