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A Justice Department lawyer insisted in federal court on Monday that President Donald Trump cannot possibly be breaking an arcane clause of the Constitution because he isn’t providing foreign governments any favors in return for their business.
That argument was a part of the latest hearing related to a federal lawsuit accusing the president of violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution through his Washington, DC, hotel.
The emoluments clause bars public officials from receiving gifts or cash from foreign or state governments without congressional approval.

A Justice Department lawyer insisted in federal court on Monday that President Donald Trump cannot possibly be breaking an arcane clause of the US Constitution because he isn’t providing any favors in return for foreign government interests spending money at his Washington, DC, hotel.

That argument was a part of the latest hearing related to a federal lawsuit filed by the attorneys general for Maryland and Washington, DC. The attorneys general accuse the president of violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution through his hotel in the nation’s capital. The emoluments clause bars public officials from receiving gifts or cash from foreign or state governments without congressional approval.

On Monday, lawyers for Maryland and Washington, DC, argued to US District Judge Peter Messitte that Trump was “profiting on an unprecedented scale” from those foreign governments frequenting the hotel, which they said is a magnet for such interests and hurts other local businesses who would otherwise be benefiting from the business those foreign officials provide if the Trump hotel wasn’t directly tied to the president.

The case has already made it further than any other lawsuit focused on Trump and the emoluments clause.

“This is the first oral arguments focused on the meaning of the emoluments clause in American judicial history,” Norman Eisen, chairman of the …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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