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Court Rules Emoluments Case Against Trump To Move Forward a Day After He Called Emoluments Clause ‘Phony’

A federal court on Tuesday scheduled a proceeding to address an ongoing Emoluments Clause lawsuit against President Donald Trump, meaning that two Emoluments-related proceedings will occur in the same week this December. The move comes less than 24 hours after One day after Trump called the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution “phony” during a media assemblage.

while being questioned on Monday about his since-abandoned attempt to host the 2020 Group of Seven (G-7) meeting at the Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami, the 45th president raged against the media and Democrats for causing the controversy.

“You people with this phony Emoluments Clause,” Trump complained.

Several legal experts quickly noted that the Emoluments Clause is not phony whatsoever–it’s an integral part of the U.S. Constitution.

In truth, the so-called “Emoluments Clause” is actually comprised of two separate sections of the U.S. Constitution: (1) the Title of Nobility Clause located at Article I, Section 9, Clause 8; and the Presidential Emoluments Clause located at Article II, Section 1, Clause 7–collectively known as the Emoluments Clauses.

These clauses combined–though seldom invoked–have been understood from time immemorial to stand for and enshrine the idea and ideal that U.S. presidents cannot make substantial profits from either foreign or domestic sources during their time in office if such profits are made as a direct or indirect result of their being president.

The president still faces several separate Emoluments Clause-related lawsuits over different allegations of unconstitutional enrichment.


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