Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a resistance group, took the President to court over the Emoluments Clause. A New York Federal Judge has booted their case to the curb and under the bus. They effectively have no standing. The judge saw through their goal of using the court system to get what they could not get through legislation.
The arguments that this group made in court to justify their case against the President seem to stretch the veil a bit. The Judge was very concise in telling them about their lack of standing in the matter. He also said that it was not up to the judicial system to solve their problem, it was up to Congress. What?
As Written and Reported By John-Michael Siebler for the Daily Signal:
A federal judge recently dismissed the first of three lawsuits against President Donald Trump that claim it’s unconstitutional for a president to own and profit from a business while in office.
Judge George Daniels of the Southern District of New York authored the opinion, filed Dec. 21, giving a win to Trump. But more generally, the opinion defends the principle that people cannot sue politicians in order to settle political debates in court, instead of in the legislature or at the ballot box.
The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington suedTrump last January, claiming that his extensive business interests constitute ongoing violations of the Constitution’s foreign and domestic emoluments clauses.
Those provisions serve to keep certain federal officials from taking compensation from foreign state actors, Congress, or the states, in exchange for favorable official treatment.
The domestic emoluments clause (Art. II, § 1, cl. 7) explicitly refers to the president and his salary. But the foreign emoluments clause (Art. I, § 9, cl. 8) does not, and several legal scholars (particularly National University of Ireland ….
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