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‘THIS IS HUGE!’ Trump faces serious legal threat as federal appeals court revives emoluments case

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A court reinstated a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of violating the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clauses.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York, by a 2-1 vote, reinstated the case brought by a restaurant group against the president, and the decision will force Trump to defend his actions and could lead to new revelations about his business and finances, reported Bloomberg.

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“We just won our Emoluments Clause appeal against President Trump in the 2d Circuit on behalf of hotels, restaurants, and restaurant workers injured by Trump’s unconstitutional and corrupt acceptance of foreign and domestic business,” tweeted Laurence Tribe, a Harvard Law professor who helped bring the case to court. “THIS IS HUGE!!!”

The court didn’t rule on the merits of the case but found the plaintiffs had alleged sufficient facts to allow the suit to move forward.

”The complaint sufficiently alleges that plaintiffs compete directly with Trump establishments and that the president’s allegedly illegal acts favor plaintiffs’ competitors,” the appeals court ruled.

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A lower-court judge had in December 2017 dismissed the case initially brought by a government-ethics group.

Trump has argued that he turned over management of his business to his children and set up a trust to hold his business assets, but the appeals court found that he still maintained sole ownership and gets regular updates on those businesses.

The president can also draw distributions from the trust at any time, the court found.

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The ruling found that the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United had plausibly claimed the president’s ownership of hospitality businesses gives his hotels and restaurants an unfair advantage for government patrons who might seek favorable actions from the executive branch he oversees.

The court dismissed Trump’s claims that the plaintiffs lacked legal standing to bring the suit, and ruled that the issue should be decided by the courts and not Congress.

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Trump illiteracy goes viral after he calls Pam Bondi ‘a great womem’: ‘He can’t admit he’s wrong to autocorrect’

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President Donald Trump was mocked by Twitter users on Sunday after mistakenly referred to Pam Bondi as a "great womem."

In a Sunday morning tweet, Trump attempted to praise Bondi, who has taken a job at the White House to help with impeachment messaging.

#QAnon people,

meaning of the typo?

"womem"EMElon Musk?? pic.twitter.com/PGVSEeXQzm

— TheGreatAwakening (@TheGreatAwake17) November 17, 2019

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Pence adviser says that Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian president was ‘unusual and inappropriate’

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Jennifer Williams, a Special Adviser on Europe and Russia issues for Vice President Mike Pence's foreign policy team, told congressional investigators that she viewed President Donald Trump's July 25th phone call to Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky as "unusual and inappropriate." Williams had listened in on the phone call while it was happening, and a whistleblower revealing the controversial contents of that call prompted the current impeachment inquiry into Trump.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Chuck Todd burns down GOP’s Ron Johnson’s Ukraine excuses: ‘You seem to blame this on everybody but the president’

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A clearly exasperated Chuck Todd was forced to talk over a loud and filibustering Sen Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday morning for once again pushing Ukraine conspiracies and arguing over whether Donald Trump wanted the president of Ukraine to attack former Vice President Joe Biden on his behalf.

Having let Johnson throw out several scenarios and try and spread the blame around, Todd, finally cut in to say, "You seem to blame this on everybody but the president. It was the president’s actions."

"You’re blaming everybody else for the reason we’re in this situation, other than the president," Todd continued. "Isn’t the president’s own behavior, which raised all of these yellow and red flags, isn’t is that why we’re here?”

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