On Thursday a federal appeals court ruled that a lawsuit that accuses Donald Trump of violating the Constitution by accepting foreign government money through his luxury hotel in Washington can move forward to fact gathering about the profits that Trump has made since taking office.
The Richmond 4th Circuit Court of Appeals voted, 9-6, to reject Trump’s attempt to bring the lawsuit to an end. The lawsuit was brought by the governments of Maryland and the District of Columbia. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clauses.
For years now, Trump has fought several other similar lawsuits. In order to stop this most recent lawsuit, he will need relief from the Supreme Court.
Trump’s lawyers have yet to respond to the Circuit Courts’ decision. It is unclear if or when Trump will request that the Supreme Court step in.
Chief Judge Roger Gregory ruled against Trump. Previously the all GOP-appointed panel of the 4th Circuit Court had unanimously voted to shut down the Maryland and D.C. lawsuit back in 2017.
So far, two other appeals courts have reached different rulings on similar suits filed in separate courts.
The D.C. Circuit Court threw out a suit by hundreds of Democratic lawmakers that challenged Trump’s handling of profits derived from foreign governments back in February.
In September of 2019, a three-judge panel of the New York-based 2nd Circuit reviveda suit that hospitality industry business owners and employees brought making similar claims against Trump. There has been no ruling on the case, which has literally been “put on ice” for over a year and a half.