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Carter writes: "Lawyers for the Justice Department are arguing that President Trump isn't violating a Constitutional provision that bars federal officials from accepting payments from foreign governments because the clause doesn't apply to certain transactions."

Donald Trump and Steve Bannon in the Oval Office. (photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and Steve Bannon in the Oval Office. (photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


Justice Department Lawyers Argue Trump Can Accept Payments From Foreign Governments

By Brandon Carter, The Hill

10 June 17

 

awyers for the Justice Department are arguing that President Trump isn’t violating a Constitutional provision that bars federal officials from accepting payments from foreign governments because the clause doesn’t apply to certain transactions.

In a new brief asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit brought against Trump by ethics watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), DOJ lawyers contend that the foreign emoluments clause doesn’t apply to “fair-market commercial transactions” like payments for hotel rooms and golf club fees, according to Bloomberg

Trump administration lawyers also argue that CREW and other plaintiffs lack legal standing to bring the case against Trump and that Congress, not the court system, should determine whether Trump is in violation of the emoluments clause.

CREW filed the lawsuit during Trump’s first week in office “to stop President Trump from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments."

"We did not want to get to this point. It was our hope that President Trump would take the necessary steps to avoid violating the Constitution before he took office," CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said at the time.

"He did not. His constitutional violations are immediate and serious, so we were forced to take legal action."

The lawsuit has since added several new plaintiffs, including an association of restaurants and restaurant workers and a woman who books banquet halls for Washington, D.C., hotels.

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-4 # mashiguo 2017-06-10 22:22
they have a point, since emolument means 'salary wagess or bnefit paid for employment or an office held'
 
 
0 # jzacksmd 2017-06-10 22:42
It looks to me that this photo is not just of the President with Bannon. Rather, it seems to be an older photo of Bannon and Flynn with the President.
 
 
+6 # lfeuille 2017-06-10 23:34
Of course they do, in direct contradiction to the constitution. The Justice Dept. under Trump is a sick joke.
 
 
+5 # ericlipps 2017-06-11 11:26
Considering that Mr. Trump apparently considers all government and political activities (including elections) "fair-market commercial transactions," why should anyone be surprised?
 
 
0 # oakes721 2017-06-11 21:56
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A young and promising college student once decided that he was so brilliant that he could actually win either side of any argument. If this was so, he pondered, then of what value is REASON if it can be so easily manipulated to 'prove' any desired result?
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Such strained deliberations could not be sustained in the study of PHYSICS, nor in MEDICAL School or the SCIENCE Department and certainly not in ETHICS class or even in the ARTS (other than Surrealism). Was this Political Philosophy?
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He became a lawyer.
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