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
Trump is desperate and clinging to anything he can use — including overt threats of violence
Donald Trump, by design, is a chaos monster who shovels crap out faster than people can process it. Unencumbered by normal human qualities like empathy or conscience, Trump can bounce from one awful behavior from another — grifting, sexual assault and harassment, racism, lying, conspiracy-mongering, criminal schemes — with astonishing speed, doing more wicked deeds in a day that what most aspiring villains can accomplish in a year or even a lifetime.
‘Cowardly’ and ‘shameful’: Critics say Trump’s refusal to release mid-year economic forecast an obvious election year ploy
"It gets them off the hook for having to say what the economic outlook looks like."
Administration officials have confirmed that the White House, breaking with decades of precedent, will not publish a mid-year economic forecast—a decision critics said is an obvious move to shield President Donald Trump from the political implications of a tanking economy ahead of November's election.
"Trump figures if he doesn't tell people they're out of work, they won't know they're out of work," tweeted writer Gerry Conway.
Internet stunned as pro-Trump reporter uses White House briefing to suggest the president depose Joe Scarborough
At Thursday's White House briefing, OANN reporter Chanel Rion suggested to White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany that President Donald Trump should welcome a defamation suit from MSNBC host and former congressman Joe Scarborough — so that Trump can depose him and further investigate the conspiracy theory that he murdered staffer Lori Klausutis.
Even McEnany herself seemed taken aback by the suggestion, saying "I have no further comments."
Here's OAN's Chanel Rion asking Kayleigh McEnany about the possibility of Trump deposing Joe Scarborough in a lawsuit to find out if the MSNBC host actually killed Lori Klausutis. pic.twitter.com/rDyQlpMnov