Judge Refuses to Dismiss Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Donald Trump

“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.”

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.

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