The first attack that I remember against Donald Trump, from before he was even elected, was that the Democrats would get Donald Trump thrown out of office over the Emoluments Clause. Desperate liberals thought the Founders gave them a way to overturn the 2016 election by making it unlawful for someone elected president to have run a business prior to taking office.
Meanwhile, if they ever read a book, they would know that George Washington's office was split into two halves where on one side of the office, he ran the country, and on the other side, he ran his business.
The foreign emoluments clause — in Article I, Section 9 — reads, “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.” Historians have said that the intent of the clause was to discourage early American leaders from being influenced by gifts or titles bestowed by European governments or royalty.
Well, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., tossed out a Democrat lawsuit accusing Trump of illegally profiting from his hotel business and other business while in the White House, ruling that the Democratic lawmakers who brought the suit lack legal standing.
Democrats mentally criminalize everything Trump does and then are shocked when they're told it's not illegal.
Donald Trump legally removed himself from his businesses and put his sons Don Jr and Eric in charge of running the empire while he served the nation as president. Democrats knew this but went to court anyway in the hopes of some Hail Mary ruling by a leftist activist court that would rule against the president by violating the Constitution or some other such Resistance political hack method.
From The Hill:
A three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday did not rule on whether the president was violating the Constitution by profiting off foreign governments' spending at his hotels. The judges unanimously said in a brief 12-page decision that the dispute centering around the Constitution's emoluments clauses has no place in the court system.
“The Members can, and likely will, continue to use their weighty voices to make their case to the American people, their colleagues in the Congress and the President himself, all of whom are free to engage that argument as they see fit,” the judges wrote. “But we will not—indeed we cannot—participate in this debate.”
Two of the three judges were appointed by Republican presidents and the other by a Democrat.
The decision is a major win for Trump, who unlike every recent president, has refused to relinquish control over his business assets by placing them in a blind trust. And it comes just two days after the president's acquittal in his three-week long impeachment trial over accusations that he had sought help from the Ukrainian government in investigating former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential rival in the 2020 presidential race.
Friday morning, while preparing to leave for a speech in North Carolina, and right before he spoke with reporters at the White House, the president learned of the decision.
“It just came out a few minutes ago, so I'll be reading it on the helicopter, but it was a total win,” he said. “It was another phony case, and we won it three to nothing. We won it unanimously.”
Trump took to social media to tout the decision.
“Another win just in. Nervous Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Congress sued me, thrown out. This one unanimous, in the D.C. Circuit.
Another win just in. Nervous Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Congress sued me, thrown out. This one unanimous, in the D.C. Circuit.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2020
It's unclear at the moment whether the Democratic lawmakers will appeal the decision.
“The Framers included the Foreign Emoluments Clause in the Constitution as the Constitution’s chief bulwark against the foreign corruption of America’s leaders, and for more than half of his term, President Trump has been violating this critical anti-corruption provision, accepting benefits from foreign governments without first obtaining Congress’s affirmative consent,” said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, representing Democrats in the case.
Since the president is foreign policy, the Founders added the Emoluments Clause to stop a president from being bribed.
Is the president supposed to shut down all of his hotels around the world because some foreign official may spend $200 a night to stay at a Trump-owned hotel? Especially when he removed himself legally from his businesses? I call bullschtein.
These nimrods think a stay at a hotel is enough to get the president to give favoritism to other countries, and that's because they're just plain stupid. It is a stupid argument to make, but here we are. I'd like to see them come up with a case where they can show that a foreign official stayed at a Trump hotel and received favorable treatment.
“While we are disappointed in the panel's decision and are in active discussions with our clients as they consider their next steps, it is important to recognize that today’s ruling is not a decision on the merits. The Court of Appeals did not in any way approve of President Trump’s repeated and flagrant violations of the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause,” Wydra added.
Oh, just shut up already! Three years of non-stop assaults on the president with no end in sight.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr., The Range, Illicit Info and other online publications. “Raised under Reagan, suffered under Clinton”