“This is a major step forward for the emoluments litigation,” said Norman Eisen, chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). Eisen, a former chief ethics lawyer for the Obama administration, added the decision opens the door for suits by other states and businesses near Trump Organization properties.
CREW, a government ethics watchdog group, joined the lawsuit filed by the attorneys general.
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh stated “we won the first round. It’s a very clear decision that Donald Trump is not above the law and has to be held accountable to the emoluments clause.”
Stay tuned—more to come.
— AG Karl A. Racine (@AGKarlRacine) March 28, 2018
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to address the ruling during an afternoon press briefing, saying “I can’t comment on pending litigation.”
Plenty of others, however, did comment on the lawsuit and the ruling.
Victory: A federal judge said Wednesday that a lawsuit alleging gifts or payments from foreign and domestic governments made to President Donald Trump may be illegal can proceed. https://t.co/b7E0gm00CK
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) March 28, 2018
Funny how only certain parts of the Constitution seem to matter to Trumpers. I’ve always said, it was the emolument violations that would be @potus Achilles heel. Capone was snagged for simple tax evasion.
— Adan Garcia (@Culalam) March 28, 2018
— Jonathan O’Connell (@OConnellPostbiz) March 28, 2018
— Sherry Mason (@masonsherry) March 28, 2018
Meanwhile down at the Hotel Emolumentum….
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) March 28, 2018
Court says emolument case can go forward. You get a Trump tax return, and you get a Trump tax return. Everyone gets a Trump tax return https://t.co/jb6lOy7BaW
— Broward Gator (@BrowardGator) March 28, 2018
There’s rarely been a more flagrant violation of the Constitution that Trump’s decimation of the Emolument’s Clause, also know as his 118th biggest scandal. https://t.co/ncFPVMrq0z
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) March 28, 2018