• Thomas Parker

Appeals court tosses Democrats' suit against Trump

Updated: Feb 13, 2020

On Friday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed a suit brought by Democratic members of Congress against President Donald Trump.

The ruling found that the 215 members of Congress did not have legal standing to sue the President for an alleged violation of the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits federal officials from receiving payments from foreign governments without congressional approval, because the members "do not constitute a majority of either body" of Congress.

President Trump spoke to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, saying the ruling is a "total win."

The lawsuit, originally filed in 2017, is one of several against the Presidents claiming he has profited illegally from the presidency. Last month, a federal appeals court in Virginia heard arguments alleging that Trump violated the emoluments clause by accepting profits through foreign officials who stayed at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. The 4th Circuit has not yet issued a ruling on the case.

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