A US federal judge in Washington says a group of nearly 200 Democratic lawmakers in Congress have legal standing to sue President Donald Trump to prove he violated the US Constitution’s provision banning the acceptance of foreign payments.
US District Judge Emmet Sullivan said Friday in a ruling that lawmakers who brought the law suit can sue Trump for allegedly flouting the Constitution’s “emoluments” clause, which prevents federal officeholders from accepting presents and other benefits from foreign governments without the “consent” of Congress.
The constitutional provision at issue is designed to prevent corruption and foreign influence. Sullivan said in his ruling that the provision gives each member of the Senate and House of Representatives the right to vote before the president accepts a prohibited foreign emolument.
“Accordingly, plaintiffs adequately allege that the President has completely nullified their votes,”…