Court tosses suit alleging Trump violated Constitution with political hotel guests

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Although the lower court found this to be sufficient standing and interest, the appeals court has concluded that the suit seeks to enforce the Emoluments Clauses "which, by their terms, give no rights and provide no remedies".

Maryland-based US District Judge Peter Messitte past year allowed the lawsuit to proceed, a ruling that Mr Trump appealed to the 4th Circuit. The appeals court cited the "paramount necessity of protecting the executive branch from vexatious litigation that might distract it from the energetic performance of its constitutional duties". It was specifically reviewing whether Maryland and D.C. had legal grounds, or standing, to sue the president in the first place.

The president's attorney, Jay Sekulow, also praised the court's ruling, which he called a "complete victory".

However, Democrats in the House and Senate are continuing to examine Trump's business interests.

The attorneys general from Maryland and District of Columbia issued a statement regarding the court's decision this afternoon.

The appeals court said Wednesday the suit should never have gone forward.

President Trump took to Twitter to celebrate his victory, calling the case a "big part of the Deep State and Democrat induced Witch Hunt". In response to the claims of him illegally profiting from government visitors, he went on to say he actually loses money "for the honor of serving" as our president.

"We are pleased that the Fourth Circuit unanimously made a decision to dismiss this extraordinarily flawed case", Department of Justice spokeswoman Kelly Laco said in a statement.

The 2nd Circuit said it didn't matter that blocked individuals could still engage in dialogue through "workarounds", such as logging out to view Trump's tweets or searching for tweets by other users about the president to engage in conversations.

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The case focuses on two clauses in the Constitution.

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.
That case was tossed for lack of standing, but the watchdog has appealed.

But what is extraordinary are the repeated and unprecedented presidential actions that triggered this case.

They noted that Trump had used Twitter to announce his nomination of an Federal Bureau of Investigation director, to announce a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military, to announce the firing of his chief of staff, and about his decision to sell sophisticated military hardware to Japan and South Korea. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia spent thousands of dollars on rooms and catering in January and February 2017.

The attorneys general for Maryland and D.C. dismissed the court's ruling and vowed to continue to scrutinize president for his alleged violations of the Constitution's emoluments clause.

The appeals court ruled that Maryland and DC failed to state how they were harmed, or might be remedied.

President Donald Trump is violating free speech laws by blocking critics on Twitter, a NY federal appeals court has ruled. "Accordingly, not only is this suit extraordinary, it also has national significance and is of special outcome". The idea that the District of Columbia and Maryland are not harmed by the President's violation of the Constitution is plain error.

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