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In victory for Trump, judge tosses suit on foreign payments

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A federal judge in New York on Thursday threw out a lawsuit claiming that President Donald Trump violated the U.S. Constitution by accepting foreign payments through his hotels and other businesses, handing him a major victory on an issue that has dogged him since before he took office in January.

Though other lawsuits remain pending that make similar claims, the ruling by U.S. District Judge George Daniels is the first to weigh the merits of the U.S. Constitution’s anti-corruption provisions as they apply to Trump, a wealthy businessman who as president regularly visits his own hotels, resorts and golf clubs.

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In his 29-page opinion granting the government’s request to toss the suit, Daniels said the plaintiffs were not legally entitled to sue.

(Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Will Dunham)


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Mulvaney drops last-minute lawsuit over subpoena and instead ‘will rely on the direction of the president’

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Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has reversed course once again and will not sue the U.S. House of Representatives for issuing a subpoena that he has vowed not to honor.

On Monday, Mulvaney's attorney said that his client is dropping plans to join a lawsuit brought by former national security adviser John Bolton’s aide, Charles Kupperman.

Attorney William Pittard said that Mulvaney would file a separate lawsuit instead in opposition to a subpoena from House Democrats.

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Manafort said he would personally update Trump on WikiLeaks’ damaging Hillary Clinton leaks: Rick Gates

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Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates on Tuesday testified in court that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said that he would personally give then-candidate Donald Trump updates on the timing of WikiLeaks' damaging information dumps on Hillary Clinton.

As reported by Vox.com's Andrew Prokop, Gates told the court that Manafort in 2016 instructed him to regularly touch base with Trump ally Roger Stone to get information about when WikiLeaks could be releasing stolen emails intended to harm Clinton's campaign.

Manafort then said that he would update others in the campaign, "including the candidate," about future email drops, Gates testified.

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Rick Wilson gives Democrats the perfect blueprint to shut down Jim Jordan at impeachment inquiry

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) recently moved Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to the House Intelligence Committee in the hopes of getting one of President Donald Trump's fiercest defenders into impeachment hearings.

However, conservative strategist Rick Wilson on Tuesday gave House Democrats the perfect way to shut Jordan down -- by bringing up his alleged role in covering up sexual abuse of wrestlers during his tenure as a coach at Ohio State University.

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