Reclaim Our Republic by ror1774
Dec 23, 2017 By Thomas Lifson
Another exploding cigar just detonated in the face of the left. David A. Fahrenthod and Jonathan O’Connell explain in the Washington Post:
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that President Trump violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause because his hotels and restaurants do business with foreign governments while he is in office.
The plaintiffs argued that because Trump properties rent out hotel rooms and meeting spaces to other governments, the president was violating a constitutional provision that bans the acceptance of foreign emoluments, or gifts from foreign powers.
This is ridiculous on its face, because a market exchange of money for goods and services is not a gift. But the judge never even had to touch upon this absurdity, because he chose an even more devastating basis for throwing the lawsuit out of court:
But Judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District of New York ruled that the plaintiffs, led by the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), lacked standing to bring such a case, saying it was up to Congress to prevent the president from accepting emoluments[…]
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