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Judge shuts down Trump's claim in emoluments case, denies request for stay

Trump's hotel in Washington
Trump's hotel in Washington. Photo: Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump's request for a stay in a lawsuit alleging that the business his company conducts with foreign governments is in violation of the constitution has been denied by a federal judge, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: According to the Post, Trump claimed the term emoluments is a "subject of such 'substantial grounds of disagreement' that payments his business received from foreign governments could not qualify." The judge, Peter J. Messitte, found that his proposition was "dubious." Messitte questioned Trump's assertion that his business doesn't accept gifts or payments from foreign government entities. The decision creates a path for the attorneys general in Washington, D.C. and Maryland who filed the suit to seek information from Trump's hotel in D.C.

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