TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Mar 29, 2018
A federal judge has ruled that Maryland and Washington, D.C., have standing to pursue a lawsuit contending that President Donald Trump violated the Constitution’s emoluments clauses, The Washington Post reports. U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte’s ruling narrows the case to Trump’s financial stake in his Washington hotel property, citing examples of government clients from foreign countries patronizing the hotel, possibly to the detriment of taxpayers. The District and Maryland have the standing to sue because they could plausibly claim to have been injured by Trump’s receipt of payments from foreign and state governments, Messitte found.