Supreme Court Dismisses 2 Emoluments Lawsuits Against Trump

On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear a pair of emoluments lawsuits against former President Donald Trump.

The emoluments clause of the Constitution bars the president from profiting off of the office, and the lawsuits were aimed at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The court ruled that since Trump has left office, the cases are now moot.

Court Never Had To Confront This Issue Prior To Trump Presidency

The lawsuits were filed by the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the attorneys general for Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

The parties involved claimed that Trump violated the Constitution’s emoluments clauses by continuing to operate his businesses while serving as President of the United States.

Prior to Trump’s presidency, the courts had never had to confront this issue. The president having private business interests while serving out his term is unprecedented in modern politics.

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A third emolument lawsuit had been introduced in 2017 by more than a hundred Democratic members of Congress, but the Supreme Court dismissed it last year.

That suit alleged that Trump’s businesses allowed him to accept unconstitutional payments from foreign governments through the use of his hotels by diplomats. 

The September 2017 lawsuit from D.C. and Maryland read,  “President Trump’s continued ownership interest in a global business empire, which renders him deeply enmeshed with a legion of foreign and domestic government actors, violates the Constitution and calls into question the rule of law and the integrity of the country’s political system.” 

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It continued, “Whatever the sincerity of the persons involved, foreign and domestic officials are put in the position of considering whether offering benefits to businesses associated with the President is important to maintaining goodwill.”

On Trump’s first day in office, CREW filed its own emoluments suit. 

Noah Bookbinder, CREW’s executive director, said in a statement Monday, “This important litigation made the American people aware for four years of the pervasive corruption that came from a president maintaining a global business and taking benefits and payments from foreign and domestic governments.”

“Only Trump losing the presidency and leaving office ended these corrupt constitutional violations and stopped these groundbreaking lawsuits,” Bookbinder added.

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Organizations And Attorneys General Defend Legal Effort

The D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh also defended the lawsuit after the Supreme Court decision on Monday. 

Racine and Frosh said in a joint statement, “We are proud that because of our case, a court ruled on the meaning of ‘emoluments’ for the first time in American history, finding that the Constitution prohibits federal officials from accepting almost anything of value from foreign or domestic governments.” 

“This decision will serve as precedent that will help stop anyone else from using the presidency or other federal office for personal financial gain the way that President Trump has over the past four years,” the pair added.

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

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  • Does this mean that President Biden can no longer send money to China to keep his son Hunter from losing his job? Isn't this called PAYOLA?

  • Then y'all need to investigate & charge #46 for his involvement with China and other foreign countries. He's made too much personal profit off them to be innocent of anything

  • So Trump was corrupt on his first day in office. What about Biden who was corrupt before he took office?

  • Why don't theses groups go after Biden and his whole crooked family and associates. I am so sick and tired of theses whiners going after Trump. Is it because he did everything right did not lie like a Obama and Clinton and a Biden they are all as crooked as the day is long. Soooooooo very tired of this witch-hunt. You are all a broken record you are disgusting

  • What about Biden's profiting off of selling his influence to the Chinese and Iran?

    At least we could depend on Trump not to do business with our enemies.

  • There is no organization in this world as evil and wicked as that of the democratic party.. There will be an extremely high price these people will pay when they arrive at the Judgment Seat, and on that day they will know the LORD's vengeance.

  • The Liberals just keep on losing, they lose, Lose and Lose and now gas prices are going up, oil prices are going up, food prices are going up, unemployment going up and taxes will go up. The stock market even with the trillions Trump got us is confused with sleepy Joe. This is what the liberal idiots vote for and they tell us they care about the poor people… Pinocchio‘s! The losers will just keep on losing. Two years from now the house is going to kick ass! The only thing that will stop the Republicans from winning the house two years from now will be more voter fraud.

  • #1,they don't work for us.They just said they would to get into office.As you can see through this last year,President Trump is the only one that has truly worked for the Americans.The first thing Biden said he would do is get us more help with money,has he?? No,he cares more about tearing apart everything Trump has done for us. He does not belong in office.Hope ya'll are proud of yourselves.You have screwed us all.

  • Joe Biden has been receiving tons of money from Dark Sources. Are you going to after him? Oh, probably not because he is a true politician who has never had a real job or was able provide employment for US Citizens. Actually, Biden & Obama's "shovel ready jobs" weren't. Pres. Trump is not a politician he's loved by 75 million people and thanks to him we had a great economy until Biden's pals gave us COVID-19. So, the ABA must attack Pres. Trump because he is businessman and not a shyster.

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