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Federal appeals court reinstates Trump emoluments case

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Friday a lawsuit that accused President Trump of violating the Constitution's emoluments clause, per Bloomberg.

Why it matters: The decision dredges up one of the president's most persistent ongoing legal threats. It's a high-level ruling for such a case and could force the president to defend himself in court because only an expanded version of the Second Circuit or the Supreme Court could overturn the decision.

  • The case was originally brought by Trump's business rivals in New York, but was dismissed by a lower-level federal judge in December 2017.

The big picture: This isn't the only emoluments-linked case that the president has faced.

  • The Fourth Circuit dismissed a suit brought by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia in July.
  • A separate lawsuit from congressional Democrats is also working its way through the courts.

Go deeper: Trump made at least $434 million from his business in 2018