May 14, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Appeals court revives lawsuit over Trump's D.C. hotel

A view of Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. Photo: Noam Galai/WireImage

A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated a lawsuit by Maryland and D.C. that alleges President Trump is illegally profiting from the presidency through his D.C. hotel, according to AP.

What's happening: A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals originally told a district court to dismiss the lawsuit, alleging the jurisdictions lacked standing to sue. But its full 15-judge court overturned that Thursday and said the panel overstepped its authority.

Why it matters: The lawsuit centers around the Constitution's emoluments clause, which forbids the president from receiving anything of value from foreign and state governments.

  • It alleges the Trump International Hotel has an unfair advantage over its competitors because foreign governments have sought to use Trump-owned properties to seek favor with the president.

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