Elder Patriot’s Opinion| Earlier today a three-judge panel tossed out a Democrat-led lawsuit accusing President of violating the U.S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clause for accepting foreign government business at his Washington, D.C. hotel.
Democrats, searching for a rare political victory against the president, argued that any business generated at Trump’s hotels as a result of visits from for diplomats and their attendants could amount to a bribe.
Even if that argument were legitimate, it’s not, the owner of the hotel, The Trump Organization, annually pays the U.S. Treasury for the profits it generates from that location.
President Trump’s attorney, Jay Sekulow said in a statement:
“Today’s pair of decisions by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is a complete victory,’ This latest effort at presidential harassment has been dismissed with prejudice.
“The decision states that there was no legal standing to bring this lawsuit in the first place”
If this case were determined to have had merit, all participation in the political process by successful businessmen and investors would require liquidation of their holdings, and would effectively close the door to most of our country’s most qualified candidates.
The case, decided by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia instructed Maryland-based U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte to dismiss the lawsuit filed in June 2017 by the Democratic attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
From here it appears that establishment politicians have overplayed their hand.
Now that President Trump has been cleared of violating the emoluments clause, it’s time to examine how our congressmen and women, earning $175,000-225,000 annually, can amass a net worth in excess of $50, 100, or even $150 Million.