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State AGs Can Enforce Emoluments Clause Against Trump

Law360, New York (February 10, 2017, 1:32 PM EST) -- The foreign emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution states, “no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” Article I, Section 9, Cl. 8.

The compensation (or domestic emoluments) clause prohibits the president from receiving, on top of his salary, “any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.” Article II, Section 1, Cl. 7.

An emolument is a kind of payment or benefit. Others have argued persuasively that President Trump...

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