Just in: Judge rejects Trump’s request to drop emoluments suit (Details)

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On Tuesday, a federal judge rejected Trump’s request to drop a lawsuit that accuses him of violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

The Emoluments Clause bars elected officials from receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments without the approval of Congress.

U.S. District Court Judge Peter Messitte rejected the Justice Department’s request to dismiss the lawsuit. Messitte says he’ll schedule another hearing to listen to other claims by the government.

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In his ruling, Messitte wrote, “A large number of Maryland and District of Columbia residents are being affected and will continue to be affected when foreign and state governments choose to stay, host events, or dine at the Hotel rather than at comparable Maryland or District of Columbia establishments, in whole or in substantial part simply because of the president’s association with it.”

The ruling is a blow to Trump as he continues to repeat that he has no conflicts of interest and says his business arrangements are legal.

The lawsuit was filed by attorneys general in Maryland and Washington D.C. last week who argue that the Trump International Hotel has been financially harming businesses around the area.

This is not the first time Trump has been hit with a lawsuit that accuses him of violating the Emoluments Clause.

Last year, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed one against him but it was later rejected in court. However, there is a third suit that was filed by Democratic lawmakers that is making its way up the court system.

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