Donald Trump's Effort to Dismiss a Lawsuit Against Him for Profiting Off the Presidency Just Hit a Roadblock
The Attorneys General (AG) of Washington D.C. and Maryland filed suit against President Donald Trump for violations of the U.S. Constitution's Emoluments Clause. Now, despite efforts on behalf of the president to have the suit dismissed, a judge ruled their lawsuit will proceed.
No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State." U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8
However, Judge Peter Messitte of the US District Court of Maryland restricted the scope of the case to the jurisdictions of the AGs involved in the lawsuit. This includes any Trump Organization holdings in Washington D.C. or Maryland, but excludes others such as Mar-a-Lago in Florida.