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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Judge tosses lawsuits against Trump

A judge ended the stupid Democratic talking point that President Trump violated the emoluments clause in the Constitution because Trump International rents rooms to anyone visiting Washington.

Federal workers are not allowed to accept titles of nobility or gifts from foreign governments without the approval of Congress.

This clause in the Constitution did not stop Hillary from accepting millions in bribes from Norway and other countries as secretary of state, all laundered through her "foundation."

But a foreign embassy throwing a Christmas party at Trump's hotel was supposed to be enough to invalidate the 2016 election, according to the Democratic talking point.

Federal Judge George Daniels -- a Clinton appointee -- tossed out two lawsuits today.

“As the only political branch with the power to consent to violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause, Congress is the appropriate body to determine whether, and to what extent, Defendant’s conduct unlawfully infringes on that power,” the judge wrote. “If Congress determines that an infringement has occurred, it is up to Congress to decide whether to challenge or acquiesce to Defendant’s conduct. As such, this case presents a non-justiciable political question.”
One of the cases dismissed Thursday was filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, along with a group of employees and owners of hospitality businesses like restaurant and hotels. The other suit, brought as a class action on behalf of members of the public, was filed by an individual New York attorney, William Weinstein.
Daniels concluded that all the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue. He also suggested that if foreign governments were patronizing Trump businesses as a result of his presidency, this wouldn’t amount to a violation of the emoluments clause unless the president encouraged them to do so to receive some benefit from the U.S. government.
“It is wholly speculative whether the Hospitality Plaintiffs’ loss of business is fairly traceable to Defendant’s ‘incentives’ or instead results from government officials’ independent desire to patronize Defendant’s businesses,” the judge wrote. “Even before Defendant took office, he had amassed wealth and fame and was competing against the Hospitality Plaintiffs in the restaurant and hotel business. It is only natural that interest in his properties has generally increased since he became President.”
Daniels said that even if he ordered Trump to refuse any profit from any business with foreign governments, or from state and local governments that the president is not supposed to be paid by while in office, it was unclear how that would help the plaintiffs.
“Were Defendant not to personally accept any income from government business, this Court would have no power to lessen the competition inherent in any patron’s choice of hotel or restaurant,” the judge said.
CREW once had respectability.

Under President Trump, its true self as an organization is showing.

It is not pleasant to look at.

Many other individuals and organizations also are looking worse under the glare of the Trump presidency.

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9 comments:

  1. No liberal organization for the past 20 years, or perhaps ever, had it in mind to help any one citizen, no goal except to empower its own self. They have trashed the rich the corporations the right the not far enough left the lucky the unlucky the stupid the not stupid enough the great the fools the brave the religious the patriotic. They have always been the crystalized viral DNA of hate.
    This judge didn't want to get involved in this attempted replication and smartly so.

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  2. George Washington grew his farms and oversaw the best he could while President. He even sold product produced on his farms to the British.

    If the Founders did not think that was an Emolument violation, then others can pound sand!

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  3. So, lemme see if I got this straight...The Black Jesus can stay at a private island for $85k/night, not his money, and nobody says dick, but Mr. T's organization can make an honest dollar and they want to hang him. If that ain't bullshit, I don't know what is.

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  4. CREW: Thought they were a wrecking CREW. Actually a motley CREW. Scurvy CREW, too.

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  5. It was a "trumped" up case to begin with.

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  6. Dimocrats are acting like spoiled little two-year-old brats. - GOC

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  7. "Federal Judge George Daniels -- a Clinton appointee -- tossed out two lawsuits today."

    Which is precisely why he tossed the lawsuits. He recognizes --- even if CREW didn't --- that if he gave them standing, any of us would have immediate standing to file the same lawsuit against Bill and Hildebeeste, who committed more violations of the Emoluments Clause than all other US politicians combined.

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  8. People tend to forget that PDJT is being paid only $1/ year to be President. The rest of the Presidential salary is returned to the treasury. He is required by law to take some compensation for the job otherwise he'd be doing it for free. Compare that to the millions people like McCain, Pelosi, Waters, etc have "earned" over the years they've been office.

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