TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on May 4, 2018
Citing the “absolute immunity” of his executive office, President Donald Trump has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit accusing him of violating the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clause, which bars U.S. officials from accepting gifts or payments from foreign governments without congressional approval. Reuters reports that Trump’s lawyer, William Consovoy, claims that the president is “immune from any suit seeking to impose individual liability premised on his assumption of the Presidency itself.” The lawsuit was filed by the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia, which claim that local residents were harmed by unfair competition from Trump’s hotel and other businesses.