A federal judge on Tuesday rejected President TrumpDonald John TrumpOnly one way with Huawei — don’t let it control 5G Japan’s emperor is first to abdicate throne in two centuries Air Force secretary warns against European military force MORE’s request to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that Trump has violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled that the more than 200 Democratic senators and members of Congress behind the lawsuit had reason to seek an injunction in the case and that their request is constitutional.
In his ruling, Sullivan, an appointee of former President Clinton, found that Trump had disregarded “the ordinary meaning” of the term “emolument” as intended in the Constitution by claiming that it should apply to any profits he earns directly through his own work.
In the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Democrats allege that Trump violates the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause whenever he profits from foreign governments without Congress’s approval.
The lawmakers point to Trump’s vast range of businesses around the world and his declining to fully give up those holdings as evidence that he has violated the clause.
Trump’s attorneys argue that the clause does not apply to commercial transactions with foreign governments but only goes into effect if Trump directly profits or receives a gift from a foreign government in exchange for an action he has taken as president.
The president is facing a similar lawsuit from the District of Columbia and Maryland over alleged Emoluments Clause violations.
The ruling comes as Trump has recently turned to the courts in an attempt to spurn Democratic investigations into him, his family and his private businesses.