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Federal Appeals Court Dismisses Emoluments Lawsuit

July 11th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Maryland and the District of Columbia claiming President Donald Trump is accepting illegal profits from foreign and state government visitors at his Washington hotel. A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled unanimously not on the merits of the case, but on the plaintiffs' legal standing.   Attorneys General Brian Frosh, of Maryland, and Karl A. Racine, of the District of Columbia, filed the suit in 2017, seeking to invoke the Constitution's little-tested emoluments clause. The decision halts numbers of subpoenas to federal agencies and Trump's business entities for records related to the hotel that had been sought in the case. Frosh told WBAL Radio that he strongly disagrees with the court ruling…

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