Law360 (July 25, 2018, 4:07 PM EDT) -- Maryland and the District of Columbia have plausibly alleged that President Donald Trump’s potential receipt of payments from foreign and domestic governments to the Trump International Hotel violates the Constitution’s emoluments clauses, a Maryland federal judge found Wednesday in a landmark ruling.
Washington, D.C., and Maryland had “convincingly argued” that the term “emolument” as specified in the Constitution means any “profit, gain or advantage,” and therefore had plausibly claimed the president violated the two constitutional emoluments clauses, U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte ruled in rejecting the president’s narrower definition and refusing to dismiss the suit. The decision is likely the...
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