Since the day the 2016 election results were announced, the Democrats have thrown everything they have behind the effort to hurt President Trump and remove him from office. They tried the Russia investigation, but the findings of the Mueller Report put an end to that effort. Then, they tried to use the Ukraine hoax as a basis for impeachment, and that likewise failed. But while these international conspiracy theories have failed, Democrats have also spent years obsessing over Trump’s financial situation, hoping to find evidence of some kind of corruption. In one of their longest-running schemes, they have tried to prove that Trump violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by owning a hotel near the White House. So far, that has availed them nothing. The Dems have tried to get their hands on Trump’s financial records and tax returns, but the fishing expedition has turned up nothing so far.
CNBC reported, “President Donald Trump will ask the Supreme Court to halt a lawsuit against him brought by Maryland and Washington, D.C., alleging that he has violated the Constitution’s emoluments clauses, his personal attorney said Thursday.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled earlier in the day that the suit against the president over his Washington hotel property could proceed. The vote of the deeply divided appeals court was 9-6.
‘We disagree with the decision of the Fourth Circuit,’ Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow said in a statement. “This case is another example of Presidential harassment.”
Maryland and D.C. argue that Trump has unlawfully received payments from foreign and domestic governments that have done business with the Trump International Hotel, a high-end property located near the White House.
The Constitution bars presidents from receiving emoluments, an archaic word for types of payments, from foreign governments or U.S. states. Trump’s attorneys have argued that the obscure constitutional provisions at issue do not apply to commercial transactions like booking hotel stays.”
The 4th circuit overturned a ruling last year by a three-member panel of the court. At the time, National Review reported that “President Trump won the second of three lawsuits alleging he violated the Constitution because foreigners and state officials patronize his businesses, such as the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal dismissed the claim by Maryland and the District of Columbia that Trump was violating the Constitution’s domestic and foreign emoluments clauses.
The court also scolded federal judge Peter Messitte, a Clinton appointee, for not throwing out the case sooner and for refusing to let the president appeal his erroneous rulings. Judge Messitte’s faulty reasoning ‘blinks reality,’ the court said, and his actions ‘amounted to a clear abuse of discretion.’”
The emoluments clause is intended to prevent the president of the United States from receiving gifts from both foreign and domestic governments and businesses in the country. The lawsuits claimed that President Trump was violating the clause because dignitaries stayed at a hotel bearing his name in Washington, D.C., and patronized some of his other establishments as well.
That is an absurd argument. None of those things constitute a direct gift. These people were simply staying at a hotel with Trump’s name on it. That’s not the same thing. This is what happens when the current president was previously a successful businessman. It’s uncharted territory for American politics, but it hardly constitutes corruption.
The Democrats have obsessively sought Trump’s tax returns and financial records as well. Why? Well…they don’t know. They need to see them in order to figure out what exactly Trump did wrong…but hey, he’s the Big Bad Orange Man, so he must’ve done SOMETHING.
The Democrats are abusing the Constitution’s checks and balances, using them as a tool to do political harm to the president.
This is not what the Founding Fathers intended when they wrote the Constitution.
This practice is dangerous for all Americans, not just the president. If they can do it to a president, then what is to stop them from reviewing OUR tax information?
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) has the same concern. He said, “A lot of Americans are shocked that Congress can review tax returns, whether it’s a blue-collar worker or the president of the United States.”
The Dems and the Leftist judges that support them in the courts will not stop harassing President Trump until he is no longer residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Let’s hope that, for the sake of our country, he stays there for another four years.