Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) had filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump, accusing him of violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution. It has to do with his hotels and restaurants doing business with foreign governments.
The group forgets that Trump turned over most of his connection and control of his companies when he was elected President, but that didn’t stop the group from trying to use a lawsuit to nail Trump with any kind of wrong doing. They base their lawsuit on the fact that Trump did keep control of his hotel and golf course businesses.
A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit, claiming that the group did not have the proper standing to bring such a lawsuit against Trump and that it was up to Congress to bring this type of lawsuit.
(Washington Post) – A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that President Trump violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause because his hotels and restaurants do business with foreign governments while he is in office.
The plaintiffs argued that because Trump properties rent out hotel rooms and meeting spaces to other governments, the president was violating a constitutional provision that bans the acceptance of foreign emoluments, or gifts from foreign powers.
But Judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District of New York ruled that the plaintiffs, led by the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), lacked standing to bring such a case, saying it was up to Congress to prevent the president from accepting emoluments…
CREW says they plan on appealing the dismissal of the lawsuit. They claim that Trump is in violation of the Constitution over these business practices and will continue to pursue whatever legal avenues to nail him, if possible. If I recall, Trump checked with federal attorneys at the onset and was told that maintaining control of the hotels and gold courses was not a violation of the emoluments clause. They also forget that many presidents in history has maintained control of businesses that dealt with foreign powers, including George Washington and others.