Congressional Democrats are being allowed to forge ahead with their emoluments case against Trump after a federal ruling landed in their favor Tuesday. Democrats are expected to now begin obtaining financial records from the Trump Organization.
The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan denied a request from Justice Department lawyers to pause the case to allow an immediate appeal to a higher court in a setback for the president. The Justice Department said it would make an emergency plea directly to an appeals court in Washington, a long-shot legal tactic that is rarely granted in ordinary litigation.
The closely watched case, brought by nearly 200 House and Senate Democrats, is one of several novel challenges that allege Trump’s ownership of private companies that accept foreign-government business may violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
“If the President succeeds in running out the clock, an entire presidential term will have gone by with the nation’s highest officeholder making countless foreign policy decisions under a cloud of potentially divided loyalty and compromised judgment caused by his enrichment from foreign states. That is precisely the nightmare scenario the Framers adopted the Foreign Emoluments Clause to avoid,” the members of Congress wrote in a previous court filing
“This case will be poised for resolution within six months; an immediate appeal would hardly materially advance its ultimate termination,” Sullivan noted in the 12-page ruling.
🚨BREAKING: a federal judge DENIES @realDonaldTrump’s appeal and says Senate and @HouseDemocrats can begin collecting financial evidence *this week* on @Trump’s businesses for an #emoluments lawsuit.😎#TrumpCrimeSyndicate https://t.co/AWf5aiGlf8
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) June 25, 2019
— Elizabeth Wydra (@ElizabethWydra) June 25, 2019
No one should profit from the presidency, directly or indirectly. Trump has used his office to funnel taxpayer dollars into his businesses. This is a conflict of interest and a violation of the domestic #Emoluments Clause of the #Constitution. https://t.co/eoHG14OWrw
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) June 24, 2019
— Shanlon Wu (@shanlonwu) June 25, 2019
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) June 25, 2019
The ruling allows the Democratic plaintiffs, led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, to begin the so-called discovery phase of the case in which they will seek records from Trump’s real estate company. #emoluments https://t.co/5NM9tQcMjV
— Bruno J. Navarro (@Bruno_J_Navarro) June 25, 2019
— MichaelB (@Carbonicus) June 22, 2019
‘You don’t see any hypocrisy?’ Chris Wallace filets Tom Cotton by replaying his Merrick Garland speech
Fox News host Chris Wallace accused Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) of hypocrisy on Sunday after he vowed to push forward with a vote to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in an election year.
"Why the rush to judgement?" Wallace asked Cotton after the senator promised a swift vote on President Donald Trump's eventual nominee.
"We're not going to rush," Cotton insisted. "We not going to skip steps. We're going to move forward without delay."
Wallace reminded Cotton that President Barack Obama named Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee after Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016.
Trump’s ‘The Apprentice: Covid Edition’ is a massive flop — and blowing up in his face
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‘We ought to be mourning’: Fox News guest reprimands anchor over attack on ‘comrade’ AOC
Michigan state Rep. Karen Whitsett (D) pushed back against Fox News host Pete Hegseth on Sunday after he attacked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in the aftermath of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
"Comrade Cortez firing up her base in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death," Hegseth announced to kick off the Fox & Friends segment. "The New York socialist telling supporters they need to back Biden now more than ever."
"Karen, I will start with you," the Fox News host continued. "Comrade Cortez says let this moment radicalize you. Is that what this should do for Democrats?"