Trump responds to big win; appeals court dismisses Emoluments Clause case attacking his brand name

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed an Emoluments Clause claim against President Trump on Wednesday, questioning whether the lawsuit was an “appropriate use of the courts.”

“The District and Maryland’s interest in enforcing the Emoluments Clauses is so attenuated and abstract that their prosecution of this case readily provokes the question of whether this action against the President is an appropriate use of the courts, which were created to resolve real cases and controversies between the parties,” wrote Judge Paul Niemeyer, speaking for the court.

This decision comes after officials in Maryland and Washington, DC attempted to sue the president for allegedly profiting from one of his name-branded hotels while in the Oval Office. They claimed that this violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which strictly prohibits elected officials from accepting gifts or things of value while in public office.

“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And 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, CLAUSE 8

This was included in the Constitution as an attempt to prevent the corruption of politicians by foreign government, and to inhibit undue influence by those who may not have America’s best interests at heart. Many in the media have wondered whether Trump’s many business entanglements may have placed him on the wrong side of the Emoluments Clause, but so far nothing has stuck. That said, there are still Emoluments cases against Trump in other federal courts but if this decision is any indicator, there will probably be no “there” there, either.

Of course, once Trump got word about this monumental victory, he immediately took to Twitter to celebrate the moment.

“Word just out that I won a big part of the Deep State and Democrat induced Witch Hunt,” he tweeted. “Unanimous decision in my favor from The United States Court of Appeals For The Fourth Circuit on the ridiculous Emoluments Case. I don’t make money, but lose a fortune for the honor of serving and doing a great job as your President (including accepting Zero salary!).”

President Trump’s personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, has declared this a “complete victory.”

“Today’s pair of decisions by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is a complete victory,” Sekulow announced in a statement. “The decision states that there was no legal standing to bring this lawsuit in the first place. This latest effort at Presidential harassment has been dismissed with prejudice.”


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