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U.S. appeals court hands win to Trump in hotel 'emoluments' case


Added 07-10-19 12:10:02pm EST - “U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday scored a crucial victory in a Democrati...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “U.S. appeals court hands win to Trump in hotel 'emoluments' case”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday scored a crucial victory in a Democratic-backed lawsuit that accuses him of violating anti-corruption provisions of the U.S. Constitution with his Washington hotel.

The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a set of decisions instructing a lower court judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed against the Republican president in June 2017 by the Democratic attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The court said the District of Columbia and Maryland’s interest “in enforcing the Emoluments Clauses is so attenuated and abstract that their prosecution of this case readily provokes the question of whether this action against the President is an appropriate use of the courts, which were created to resolve real cases and controversies.”

The decision halts dozens of subpoenas issued to Trump’s businesses and government agencies for financial documents related to the hotel.

A spokesman for D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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