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Donald Trump Emoluments DC & MD AGs

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Posted on June 11 2018

Originally posted March 13, 2018

Emoluments Clause

🇷🇺Trump 🇷🇺


never sought approval from Congress.

In violation of our Constitution...

Two Emoluments Lawsuits:


June 2017 the Attorneys General of the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump. Case No: Case 8:17-cv-01596, link to original complaint, here 
“This is an action against Donald J. Trump in his official capacity as President of the United States....The case invokes unprecedented constitutional violations by the President that have injured and threaten to cause continuing injury  to the District of Columbia (“the District”) and the State of Maryland (“Maryland”) and their respective residents.......including direct injury to the plaintifls’ interests in properties located in the District, in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and in Montgomery County, Maryland”


The lawsuit alleges violations by the President of two distinct, yet related provisions the U.S. Constitution:

“ he [president Trump] faithfully serves the American people, free from compromising financial entanglements with foreign and domestic governments and officials.”


Foreign Emoluments Clause, prohibits any;

“Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust” from accepting “any present, Emolument, Olfice, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or forcign State,”

absent “the Consent of the Congress.”  U.S. Const. art. I, S9, cl. 8.

The Domestic Emoluments Clause, entitles the President to receive a salary while in office and forbids him from receiving that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.” U.S. Const. art. II, SI, d. 7.

Together, these provisions help ensure that the President serves with undivided loyalty to the American people, and the American people only. Our republican form of government demands no less.“


...the Emoluments Clause  was also designed to protect the government from corruption.

The Founders intended the clause to set up as a guarantee that Congress and otherparts of the federal government and states "can neither weaken [the President's fortitude-byoperating on his necessities,nor corrupt his integrity by appealing today his avarice.
The Framers intended the clause to protect against self-dealing by ensuring that the President's serviceis “remunerated only by compensation fixed in advance by Congress”


Remember that at NO time did President Trump or his attorneys seek and/or obtain approval from Congress. That’s an incontrovertible fact. It’s not elective. It’s required, as prescribed by our Constitution.


The link to DC/MD emoluments lawsuit can be found HERE


I’ve often said that the Judical process can be frustratingly slow. So imagine my delight, like Mic squealed when I saw my phone light up with the following update:

Accordingly, the Court GRANTS Plaintiffs’ Motion for Leave to File an Amended Complaint and Apply the Pending Motion to Dismiss to the Amended Complaint (ECF No. 90) as it pertains to the official capacity claims. The President, in his individual capacity

Plaintiffs request to file a second Amended Complaint GRANTED

Plaintiffs Motion to include Donald J Trump, in his personal capacity also GRANTED


You can read/download Judge Messitte’s 2 Page Order HERE


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