(Washington, DC-AP) — A federal judge is denying a request by the Justice Department to dismiss a lawsuit alleging President Trump is improperly accepting payments from foreign governments while serving in the White House. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan issued a 48-page ruling that accepts a broad definition of the Constitution’s “emoluments” clause.
The lawsuit was filed by 200 Democrats and claims foreign governments are staying at Trump International Hotel for the purpose of earning favor with Trump by helping him profit financially.
The emoluments clause forbids any person holding public office from accepting presents of any kind from a foreign state unless Congress has given its approval. In his ruling, Sullivan wrote that the Justice Department’s argument ignores the definition of the term set in a vast majority of dictionaries used by the Founding Fathers.