UPDATED 1:41 PM PT – Wednesday, July 10, 2019
A federal appeals court is dismissing the emoluments case brought against the president by House Democrats. On Wednesday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the dismissal of the lawsuit, stating they did not have the standing to sue the president.
The suit claimed the president violated the emoluments clause of the constitution by allegedly profiting from foreign and state government visitors to his luxury D.C. hotel.
“The so-called emoluments clause has never been interpreted, however, to apply to fair value exchanges that have absolutely nothing to do with an office holder. No one would have thought when the constitution was written that paying your hotel bill was an emolument. instead it would be thought of as a value for value exchange — not a gift, not a title, not an emolument.”
— Sheri Dillon, former Trump attorney
The appeals panel ordered a federal district court to dismiss the suit against President Trump with prejudice, which would bar them from relaunching any more legal action on the matter.
The president claimed victory via Twitter, just moments following the court’s unanimous ruling. He touted his win over the “deep state” and the “Democrat induced witch hunt.” In response to the claims of him illegally profiting from government visitors, he went on to say he actually loses money “for the honor of serving” as our president.
….serving and doing a great job as your President (including accepting Zero salary!).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2019
The ruling is a major win for the president, who has frequently sought to prevent others from reviewing his private financial records. It also paves an uphill battle for other lawsuits alleging similar violations of the clause.