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.
Below are some reactions:
And his legal problems just keep piling up!
A federal judge has rejected President Trump’s push to dismiss a lawsuit against him for allegedly violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution. https://t.co/27RzUHYp3R
— Marilyn Holz 111 (@Missmarilyn) March 28, 2018
Trump may finally face trial for violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause. https://t.co/CvkxTvFhqs
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) March 28, 2018
2/ #Emoluments, baby! The courts ruled this week that the case against Trump violating the Emoluments Clause can proceed. Have fun in court, dickweed!
— Greg Olear (@gregolear) March 22, 2018
This dummy thinks he is king! Lol
— Lisa Millsap (@millsap_lisa) March 28, 2018
You’re on the Titanic headed for the iceberg, Spanky. Jump off now.
— tashamom (@susanl002) March 28, 2018
No wonder 45s in hiding. Bad news daily. lol
— JaneyinMadtown (@JaneyinMadTown) March 28, 2018
BREAKING: A federal judge has officially turned down Trump's motion to dismiss an emoluments lawsuit filed by Maryland and Washington DC, meaning the case will now move forward.
Another win for America!
Another win for Democracy!
— Ed Krassenstein 💎 (@EdKrassen) March 28, 2018
So it appears, it will be his weaknesses, money & women, that wil bring him down …
— J.A. Broersma (@JohnnyBG19) March 28, 2018
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