WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up a case from 200 congressional Democrats alleging that President Trump is improperly profiting from his position.
The suit brought by Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut argued that the commander-in-chief violated the Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause through his continued ownership of companies engaged in business with foreign governments.
The ill-fated suit argued this amounted to “unauthorized financial benefits from foreign states.”
The clause bars the president or any other federal official from taking gifts or payments from foreign governments without the approval of Congress as a measure to prevent corruption.
Lawmakers asked the Supreme Court to review a February ruling by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals that threw out the legal challenge, arguing the Democratic lawmakers lacked the legal right to sue the president.
“The Members can, and likely will, continue to use their weighty voices to make their case to the American people, their colleagues in the Congress