Ethics Lawsuit Filed Against President Trump (23Jan17)

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  1. Huntn macrumors G5

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    He says it has no merit (because he knows more than scholars :rolleyes:) while ignoring the emolument clause written into the Constitution.

    Top Legal, Ethics Scholars File First Major Lawsuit Against Trump

    WASHINGTON — The first major lawsuit against President Trump’s alleged business conflicts was filed by some of the nation’s top legal and ethics scholars on Monday.
    “Never before have the people of the United States elected a President with business interests as vast, complicated, and secret as those of Donald J. Trump,” the lawsuit to be filed on behalf of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) alleges, “creating countless conflicts of interest, as well as unprecedented influence by foreign governments.”
    The lawsuit — a copy of which was reviewed by BuzzFeed News on Sunday evening before the Monday filing — alleges violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause that it claims “pose a grave threat to the United States and its citizens.”
    Under the constitutional provision, “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.”
    The lawsuit asks the federal court to issue a declaratory judgment defining elements of the Foreign Emoluments Clause — specifically issuing a judgment that Trump’s business interests do or will violate the clause — and an injunction barring Trump from violating the clause.
     
  2. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    What are the chances that the courts will punt, holding that it's a non-judisciable political question?
     
  3. Huntn thread starter macrumors G5

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    There is always a chance, but the emoluments clause is part of our cherished Constitution. I suppose Congress could give him consent if they want to.

    “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.”

    What is the ‘Emoluments Clause’? Does it apply to President Trump?
     

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