2018-07-25 22:22:30 UTC
A lawsuit filed by attorneys general in Maryland and Washington D.C. alleging
that Donald Trump violated the Constitution will continue, the Washington Post
reports, despite Trumps efforts to dismiss the case.
U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte has agreed to hear a case arguing that, by
overseeing the Trump Organization, which conducts business overseas, Trump broke
a set of obscure anti-corruption laws known as the Emoluments Clauses that bar
public officials from accepting payments from foreign officials. (He resigned
from the business, but this means nothing, as he has not fully divested).
According to the Post, this appears to be the first time the first time a
federal judge had interpreted those Constitutional provisions and applied their
restrictions to a sitting president.
From the Post:
Messittes 52-page opinion said that, in the modern context, the Constitutions
ban on emoluments could apply to Trump that it could cover any business
transactions with foreign governments where Trump derived a profit, gain or
This includes profits from private transactions, even those involving services
given at fair market value, Messitte wrote.
In sum, Plaintiffs have plausibly alleged that the President has been receiving
or is potentially able to receive emoluments . . . in violation of
the Constitution, Messitte wrote.
The Justice Department, which is reviewing the decision and may appeal, released
a statement saying, We continue to maintain that this case should be
Trumps previous defense has been I have a no-conflict situation because Im
president, which makes absolutely no sense, unless of course by president he
means man who is above the law.
I ask, again: is it crime time yet?