Donald Trump’s lawyers are now asking federal judges to give some of the cases against the president more time, citing the government shutdown as the reason.
According to reports, Trump administration lawyers asked a judge on Wednesday to delay all future deadlines in a lawsuit in which plaintiffs accuse Trump of violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by accepting payments from foreign governments through his Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
“Department of Justice [DOJ] attorneys and employees are prohibited from working, even on a voluntary basis, except in very limited circumstances, including ‘emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property’ ” during shutdowns, DOJ attorneys told the court in a filing.
“Undersigned counsel for the Department of Justice, therefore, requests a stay of all deadlines in this case until Congress restores funding to the Department.”
Trump appears to be using the shutdown for his own personal benefit. The longer the shutdown, the longer his cases will be postponed.
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