A three-judge panel dismissed a lawsuit that argued President Trump was violating the emoluments clauses of the Constitution through his business empire.
The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., is seen here in March. Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images hide caption
A three-judge panel dismissed a lawsuit that argued President Trump was violating the emoluments clauses of the Constitution through his business empire. The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., is seen here in March.Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images
A constitutional challenge to President Trump's continued ownership of his businesses has been dismissed by a federal appeals court.
The case was brought by the attorneys general of Washington, D.C., and Maryland, arguing that Trump had violated the domestic and foreign emoluments emoluments clauses of the U.S. Constitution by accepting money from state and foreign governments via his hotel and business empire.
In a unanimous ruling from the three judge panel, the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the attorneys general did not have the standing to bring the lawsuit.
Judge Paul Niemeyer wrote in the opinion: "The District and Maryland's interest in enforcing the Emoluments Clauses is so attenuated and abstract that their prosecution of this case readily provokes the question of whether this action against the President is an appropriate use of the courts, which were created to resolve real cases and controversies between the parties."
The president had filed motions to dismiss the case, on the grounds that the District and Maryland lacked standing, and argued that he has not received emoluments as prohibited by the Constitution.
This is not the only emoluments challenge against President Trump. Another federal court is still considering a lawsuit brought by Democratic members of Congress.