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DC Court of Appeals throws out Democrats’ emoluments lawsuit against Donald Trump

February 7, 2020

  When Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate earlier this week the Democrats promised they would continue to investigate him, this defeat was only the beginning. They had hoped the next phase of the plan would begin today with a court decision on a lawsuit filed by the Democrats accusing Donald Trump of violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution but alas that was not the case because the DC Court of Appeals threw the case out. Here is more:

A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit from Congressional Democrats who accused President Donald Trump of violating the Constitution by receiving profits from foreign governments’ spending at his luxury Washington hotel and other businesses.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision did not address the legality of Trump’s business dealings, but held that the more than 200 Democratic senators and House members who banded together in 2017 to bring the suit against the president lacked legal standing to do so.

The unanimous ruling from an ideologically diverse three-judge panel suggested that if the House or Senate had formally authorized the suit, it may have been allowed to proceed, but the lawmakers acting as plaintiffs in the case did not have standing to pursue it on their own.

“Only an institution can assert an institutional injury,” the court wrote in its brief, 12-page decision.

  As you can see the court only ruled that the Congress did not have standing to sue the President so we can rest assured that this is not the end and we can fully expect some institution to step up and try this again. Even so the fact this came from the DC Court of Appeals is a good sign that Donald Trump is having success at remaking the lower courts.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2020 10:04 pm

    We of course pay for this nonsense going both ways….

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 8, 2020 12:01 pm

      Yep, my thought too.
      Cut their funds – restrict them – get their fingers out of the money jar.
      American’s should “sue those involved personally” for “not doing their job” and stealing money.
      Who’s job is that in the Gov to do that?

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