Supreme Court may hear case on Trump ties to family-owned properties, say court watchers
Added 09-15-19 08:22:03pm EST - “A challenge to President Trump's ties to his family-owned properties may end up in the Supreme Court just in time for next year's elections, court watchers predict.” - Washingtontimes.com
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A challenge to President Trump’s ties to his family-owned properties may end up in the Supreme Court just in time for next year’s elections, court watchers predict.
It could take months for the conflict to play out in the lower courts before the Supreme Court grants a review, leaving the issue ripe for consideration during the 2020 campaign season, they say.
A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit Friday against Mr. Trump, saying restaurant and hotel owners in New York and Washington should be able to challenge the president’s business interests linked to his luxurious hotels.
The lawsuit, filed by people in the hospitality industry, appealed a lower court’s dismissal, after the Southern District of New York said the challengers didn’t have a specific injury to substantiate their legal claim that the president violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. The provision is meant to prevent government officials from receiving benefits and gifts from foreign interests.
Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law, anticipates the Justice Department will ask the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider the panel’s move to allow the case to proceed, but he noted that could drag on for months.
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