Judge allows lawsuit alleging Trump took illegal foreign gifts - Daily American Buzz

Judge allows lawsuit alleging Trump took illegal foreign gifts

WASHINGTON—A federal judge Judge Peter Messitte Wednesday allowed Maryland and the District of Columbia to proceed with their lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of accepting unconstitutional gifts from foreign interests, but limited the case to the president's involvement with the Trump International Hotel in Washington,  but will not include visits to Mar-a-Lago in Florida or other Trump properties.
[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," Messitte writes.
Messitte also notes that one of Trump's argument in the case, that only Congress can approve or bar the president from receiving emoluments, is "particularly concerning," because Congress can be controlled by the same party as the president and choose to do nothing.

secretary of white house press Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during her daily briefing that she "can't comment on ongoing litigation."

A spokesperson for the Trump Organization answered to Wednesday's order saying that the court has yet to rule on additional arguments, "which we believe should result in a complete dismissal."

In December, a federal judge in New York ruled that plaintiffs in two other emoluments suits lacked standing, so dismissed the case.
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