By Duncan Smith
Two down, several to go…
The U.S. Supreme Court finally gave private citizen Donald Trump a break on Monday, which it so seldom did when it really mattered while he was president.
As readers may recall, shortly after taking office Trump was sued by knuckleheads using “lawfare” to attack the billionaire hotelier by accusing him of violating the Constitution’s “Emolument Clause.”
What’s that, you ask?
According to Cornell University’s School of Law:
Also known as the Title of Nobility Clause, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution prohibits any person holding a government office from accepting any present, emolument, office, or title from any “King, Prince, or foreign State,” without congressional consent. This clause is meant to prevent external influence and corruption of American officers by foreign States. A similar provision was included in the Articles of Confederation, applicable to both federal and state officers. The language of the modern clause, however, suggests that only federal government officials are prohibited from accepting any emoluments.
The argument from groups that filed suit was that by making foreign government officials actually pay for any rooms they booked at any of Trump’s various hotels, that amounted to an unconstitutional ‘gift.’ Mind you, Trump wasn’t in charge of his financial empire during his presidency; members of his family who were not in government were.
So the entire argument was just…dumb.
In any event, now it doesn’t matter.
The Epoch Times reports:
The high court unburdened itself Jan. 25 of Trump v. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), court file number 20-330, and Trump v. District of Columbia, court file number 20-331.
No justices dissented from the rulings, which are victories for Trump. The novel lawsuits came about because Trump, a billionaire real estate developer, refused under intense pressure from his opponents to give up his business empire while in the White House. Trump did step aside from managing his businesses while president but that did not satisfy his critics.
The lawsuits claimed that while in office Trump violated the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prevents any 'Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them' from accepting 'any present, Emolument, Office, or Title … from any King, Prince, or foreign State.' The hardly-ever litigated clause forbids government officials from receiving gifts from foreign states and monarchies without the consent of Congress, in the hope of shielding the 'small-R' republican character of the United States from corrupting foreign influences.
This is good news but it’s hardly the end of Trump’s legal woes.
He’s being pursued for taxes and other alleged ‘violations’ by political hacks in New York State posing as legal officers — all for daring to win the nation’s highest elected office and then go on to shatter norms, standards, and records to the chagrin of the establishment.
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