Democrat lawsuit accusing Trump of profiting from presidency can proceed, judge rules

Independent | June 26, 2019

Democrat lawsuit accusing Trump of profiting from presidency can proceed, judge rules
A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that a lawsuit that accuses Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency in violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause can move forward. US District Judge Emmett G Sullivan of the District of Columbia ruled against Justice Department lawyers who sought a mid-case appeal to a higher court and a stay on proceedings. The case brought by nearly 200 congressional Democrats argues that Mr Trump has been accepting gifts from foreign governments without congressional approval. Mr Trump, unlike modern presidents before him, has declined to fully divest from his businesses.

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President Trump on Thursday visited the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas and argued a barrier made of steel would deter human trafficking and other violent crimes, amid stalled negotiations with Democrats over funding the border project and ending the partial government shutdown.

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President Trump on Thursday visited the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas and argued a barrier made of steel would deter human trafficking and other violent crimes, amid stalled negotiations with Democrats over funding the border project and ending the partial government shutdown.