An appeals court ruled against President Donald Trump in his bid to get an emoluments case dismissed.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit said a lawsuit filed by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia can move forward, nearly a year after a three-judge panel from the court dismissed the case.
The full panel voted 9-6 against Trump. The president failed to show a “clear and indisputable right to relief” that a quick dismissal would require, according to the majority opinion.
Every person, including the president, has a duty to obey the law, Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote.
But dissenting judges called the ruling puzzling, given that no court has ever enforced the emoluments clauses of the Constitution against a president, even though prior presidents have owned property while in office thats produced income.
“The District and Marylands expansive interpretation of the clauses would lead to the conclusion that no president could, for example, own municipal bonds in his investment portfolio or attend an embassy dinner funded by a foreign country,” the minority wrote.
One of the clauses states that government office-holders cannot “accept” any present, emolument, office, or tiRead More From Source